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We did another internal presentation over South Sudan's new independence. We talk about the cultural differences and other implications that led to this split last year.
This is one of the most important case studies we read. It talks about moving from Ethnocentricism to Ethnorelativism and all the steps in between.
I presented in class over many cultural frameworks. Some of these include Uncertainty Avoidance, Power Distance Index, Polychronicity/Monochronicity, Collective vs. Individual, etc.
This is our presentation to the Bio-Medical class next door. We had to present to them both sides of the argument of whether deafness is a culture or not. Then, they came over here and we had a collaborative debate over the issue.
We created a 6-hour comprehensive presentation over the culture and society of the Middle Kingdom. This picture is of Mr. Cook next to a sculpture of a Buddhist monk at the Nelson Art Museum.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPAO-lZ4_hU @ 18:00 - 19:00 This video talks about YouTube's (and others) profound effect on culture and the current cultural inversion that is happening.
Phil was a foreign exchange student at LSHS last year and I played tennis with him. This year I contacted him via FaceBook to work on some of my basic German and learn a little bit of German slang. Phil pointed out some of the minute differences between the formal learning of German and how it is actually spoken in the country.
I started by doing a few basic lessons in both Finnish and Swedish first semester. Once I completed all the basic lessons that Mango provided in those two languages, I began German. I never completed German, but I got further in it than I did in either of the others.
This was a big step for our team. We were all novices at how websites work and how exactly we could improve the outdated SISA website.
One of the greatest technological advancements I made this year was the shift from regular PowerPoints or Keynotes into the lucrative Prezi presentatons.
Having a client in France posed many difficulties for us. The biggest was how to develop our final product. We settled on doing a presentation that is fully narrated and always available. We had to explore many new programs and presentation software to do this and then had to piece together all the parts.
This is the document I used to interview all of the MOTs.
We used ManyMoon quite a few times to keep up-to-date with what tasks still needed to be done and what tasks had already been completed.
Mr. Cook printed off a packet of collaboration techniques. The 3MOTkateers and me started out very strongly by trying quite a few of these techniques. At one point, I had to record myself facilitating one of these sessions for our in-class reviews. That unique ability to try new forms of collaboration is very important in leadership.
We used a SWOT analysis after almost every single presentation to talk about what happened and how we could improve for the next presentation.
I was the team leader of the 3MOTkateers all year and I also volunteered for the role of team leader with Team MonoPoly during our in-class experiment.
Having to pitch this proposal was a new and exciting experience for all of us here at Team SISA! We had to pitch to John Knox Village as well.
This is one of my favorite proposals. I loved presenting over the Latin American Revolutions to a high school class.
Michelle, Emily, and me (as team leads) were solely responsible for the first proposals because we did not have teams yet. I won the first presentation (Romania). After that, Josiah and Jenna (my teammates) just had me do the majority of the proposals.
I have contacted Adam Falk, Dr. Eckert-Stewart, Mr. Donahay, and many others. The key contact of this group was Adam Falk because we had to be constantly emailing each other and talking so that he could collaborate and so we could deliver a quality product.
I read Clifton Taulbert's book entitled "Who Owns The Ice House?" It was a book about entrepreneurial mindset and how to succeed. The book challenged readers to find everyday problems and brainstorm solutions to try to find that next business idea. The book really focuses on solving one basic problem to create a small business instead of trying to become Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.
I will be attending Truman State University to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administrations with concentrations in Finance and Management and a minor in Economics. While at Truman, I plan to take a semester in the Fall of my Junior year to study in China. My graduation date is in May 2016.
I hope you enjoyed my presentations and can see my growth in the five competencies of Culture, Languages, Technology, Collaboration & Leadership, and Professionalism! Thank you for your time.
The Summit International Studies Academy (SISA) allowed me to participate in a semester-long multicultural and technological simulation. During this program, I was exposed to the diversity of today's workforce and was able to take a hands-on approach to learning about globalization and technology's part in this revolution.
At Lee's Summit High School, I am the President of the Debate Team. I am also a member of both DECA and FBLA and have exhibited success in those organizations by going to Internationals with DECA as a junior and Nationals with FBLA this year (as a senior). Both of those honors came from the accounting competitions within those organizations. I have taken both Accounting I and College Accounting (online) and I've really enjoyed the curriculum. Therefore, my long-term goal is to Truman State in order to pursue a future in accounting and finance.