Challenge Overview

In what has become one of the city’s premier education events, featured in the Washington Post, half of participating students make 2-minute presentations of their work on stage at the National Housing Center. The other half of students prepare poster boards and speak one-on-one with audience members about their topic. Both groups are competing for scholarships and academic prizes.

One World Challenge Highlight Videos

Each year, One World produces a video showing highlights of its showcase gala, capturing students in the midst of a learning experience they will remember for a lifetime. Just ask Amyah or Jessica in 2021, Caden or Nayla in 2019, or Tyaja and Kayla in 2018!

2021 Challenge

Defying doubters, 50 proud middle and high school students competed virtually for the second year in a row, producing stellar written speeches and compelling video presentations.


Never having met in person, students bonded virtually in 2021, taking part in almost a thousand reviews of peers’ work during the 8-week Academy. If they supported one another during their preparations, it felt like the entire city was supporting them during the virtual competition. 1,900 votes and 594 comments later, our students learned important lessons about finding their voice in difficult times and never giving up. We are so proud of them!


2020 Challenge

When the pandemic ruined One World’s plan to host its annual in-person showcase gala, it challenged our students. They amazed us with their response to our Virtual Challenge.

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