10th Grader's Profile Selected as New York Times Finalist

Amelie Godfrey Excels in Community Profile Series
The John Cooper School's Amelie Godfrey's Community Profile Q&A has been chosen as a finalist for The New York Times' Profile Contest, stemming from her 10th grade English assignment in Mrs. Amini’s class.
“I would encourage other students to get involved in The World Affairs Council and consider participating in this project. I was nervous at first. He’s a busy professional. I’m glad I took the chance to reach out to him. The interview helped me see a human-side of this important leader. I knew I was interested in this industry, but now this is helping guide my focus to consider International Relations with an emphasis on National Security and Foreign Service,” said Amelie Godfrey.
Godfrey, along with all other tenth-grade students, was introduced to this opportunity because of Department Chair Alexis Wiggins’s participation in the 2021-2022 New York Times Teaching Project. The John Cooper School is one of forty schools, nationwide, to participate. Wiggins learned about the Times’ Profile Contest, new for students in 2022, and thought it would be a perfect fit for the tenth-grade Community Profiles Unit, in which students learn the skills of interviewing and profiling members of their community.

"I am proud of Amelie's initiative to reach out to someone she didn't know to interview for our Community Profile Project. Her interview is informative and timely," said Ms. Amini. 


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