Doors to Diplomacy Award Winners

Media Note
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 4, 2009

The Department of State is pleased to announce the selection of two winning websites for its 2009 Doors to Diplomacy Award, which is co-sponsored by Global SchoolNet. The awards recognize the web projects that best teach young people about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Participants, ranging in age from 11 to 18, included 203 student teams from 34 countries.

The winning sites are:

  • Preserving Arts and Culture of Minangkabau  This site, built by a team from Padang, Indonesia, explores the diplomatic value of arts and culture exchanges.

  • Captain Water,, was built by a team from Tyrone, Georgia, U.S. Their web project explores water as a vital environmental resource. 

Each student member of the two winning Doors to Diplomacy Award teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, the winning coaches will each receive a $500 cash award. Judging was performed by student peers and educational professionals, with the final selections made by a team of Department of State judges from the Bureau of Public Affairs. The winning sites will be linked from the Department of State's youth site at

Global SchoolNet,, is a non-profit, Internet-based education program. The Doors to Diplomacy Award was specially created for CyberFair, a contest that encourages students and educators to join together to build high-quality, educational websites on a variety of topics. These website entries will be available on the web as learning tools to millions of people around the globe.

Further detail on the Doors to Diplomacy projects is at

For more information, contact:

Yvonne Marie Andres
Global SchoolNet  
Telephone: 760-635-0001


Janice Clark
U.S. Department of State

PRN: 2009/544