2017 Senior Challenge & One World Celebration

You are invited to join Washington, DC public and charter school students and their families, along with teachers, education and civic leaders, and community members, for One World Education’s 3rd Annual College & Career Senior Challenge, followed by the organization’s 10th anniversary One World Celebration.

Date Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Location The Howard Theatre

5pm-7pm: College & Career Senior Challenge
7pm-8pm: One World Celebration


The College & Career Senior Challenge is the culminating event for the 2,300 DC seniors who have completed the One World Program in school, where they strengthened their research, writing, and presentation skills and produced argumentative essays on self-chosen college and career issues. Nominated seniors present their arguments to a panel of judges, composed of local civic and education leaders, for the chance to win scholarships for college. In addition to the Senior Challenge, we will be recognizing the work of Student Ambassadors from grades 5 through 12, whose One World essays are nominated by their teachers for publication on our website. These are often students who struggled with writing, but found their voice and passion with our program.


Both of these opportunities help bridge in-school and out-of-school programming to drive academic success and college and career readiness, as well as provide opportunities for students to share their ideas and perspectives on key issues with the larger community.

Several teachers also will receive the Global Educator Award in recognition of their achievements integrating cultural and global issues into their writing instruction.

Immediately following the College & Career Senior Challenge, we will host our 10th anniversary One World Celebration. RSVP here!

Meet the 2015 Senior Challenge Students        Meet the 2015 Student Ambassadors

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Thanks to our sponsors!

Meet our 2017 College & Career Senior Challenge Judges:

  • Corie Colgan, Deputy Chief, Literacy and Humanities, DC Public Schools
  • Peter Guttmacher, Senior Advisor on Program Quality, DC's Out-of-School Time System Set-Up Team
  • Caroline Hill, Manager, Breakthrough Schools: D.C. and School Retool, CityBridge Education
  • Andrew Howard, English Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor, University of the District of Columbia Community College
  • John Hyman, Director, College Writing Program, American University 
  • Manon Matchett, Philanthropic Services Officer, The City Fund, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
  • Laurence Peters, Adjunct Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
  • Rene Redwood, CEO, Redwood Enterprise
  • Jennifer Thompson, Teen Programs & Partnerships Coordinator, DC Public Library
  • Robert White, At-Large Representative, DC City Council