It only took a couple of minutes visiting with WSHS junior, Calvin Dretske, to know that he has a wanderlust personality---eager, almost restless, to travel the world and know its cultures and peoples.
He and his father, Ray, took advantage of a summer 2012 trip to Italy and Greece offered through the school district and organized by teacher, Dwayne Voegeli. Voegeli coordinated the tour through Education First (EF). Cal would visit the EF web site on occasion and saw the opportunity to apply to be a 2013 Global Citizen Scholar. He submitted an application, video, and essay and recently learned that he has been selected as 1 of 20 high school students from the United States and Canada. Designated to unite high school students from around the world by breaking down barriers of culture, language and geography, while helping students develop global awareness, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, the Global Citizen Scholarship will allow Dretske to travel to Costa Rica from April 1-20 for EF’s Global Student Leaders Summit where Al Gore will be the keynote speaker. The scholars will also embark on a 10-day immersive, educational tour to understand and appreciate Costa Rica’s rich and diverse ecosystems, while studying the country’s successful environmental policy initiatives.
For more information on the EF Global Citizen Scholarship, visit eftour.com/globalcitizen or check out the Global Citizen Facebook page to see the US scholars’ video and essay submissions.
When asked why he applied, Calvin states, “I applied to the EF Global Citizen Scholarship in Costa Rica because I believe that by working together we can solve many of the environmental issues facing our world today. I am excited for the opportunity to travel with a group of like-minded students and learn about ways of lessening our dependence on non-renewable energy sources, which directly correlated to frac sand mining, an increasingly heated topic here in Winona.” Cal mentioned that he and the other 19 scholars have begun to meet each other and discuss their upcoming experience through Facebook.
Calvin Dretske is the son of Ray and Connie Dretske.