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2009-2010 Study Abroad/Break Photo Contest

The competition heats up as this year’s entrants employ posters, politicians, and puppies in pursuit of the prize! Remember to click each photo for a larger version.

First Prize         Second Prize         Honorable mention

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Samantha Massman and Becca Erickson

Cristina Montanez snapped Samantha Massman and Becca Erickson in front of the White House. The three members of the Morris chapter of Students Today Leaders Forever had just completed their Spring Break “Pay It Forward Tour” service project cleaning a section of the Potomac River.

Kazuhira Magome

Junior Kazuhira Magome from Tokyo, Japan, enjoyed the baseball team's spring training trip to Fort Myers, Florida.

Choir in San Francisco

Can you name the music education major pictured in the poster (and surrounded by our concert choir on tour in San Francisco)? You'll find him on the 2010 University of Minnesota, Morris Web site explaining, “At Morris, you really earn your degree.”

Stefanie Morland, Kelli Hamilton, Ashley Watson, Veronica Kneeland, and Eric Gorecki

Yes, they’re in Therma on the island of Ikaria beside the Aegean Sea, but that’s not Greek. It's Stefanie Morland, Kelli Hamilton, Ashley Watson, Veronica Kneeland, and Eric Gorecki spelling out UMM!

Sara Lahr ’10 and her sister Kristina ’13

“Oops! I think we just dropped the One Ring!” Sara Lahr ’10 and her sisters (Kristina, graduating in 2013, and Theresa, a 2003 graduate who is behind the camera) visited New Zealand over Winter Break. This is the Canterbury region, featured as Helm's Deep in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Hannah Dahleen

Junior Kaitlin Thompson captured this image of Hannah Dahleen of Stillwater hiking through a snow-dusted terrain in the Appalachian Mountains.

Kloeks and Franken

Different sister, different pennant, different location, another great photo! Junior Melissa Kloek celebrated her 21st birthday with a Fall Break trip to Washington, D.C. to visit her sister Sara (class of 2005) and Senator Al Franken, who led a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday.”

Taryn Upman, Matt Bombyk, Debbie Schneiderman

How do you top a singing senator? Tracey Anderson's Biology 2151 students gave it their best shot with a passel of puppies they encountered while returning from an excursion to the Maya ruins at Lamanai in Belize. The students are Taryn Upman, Matt Bombyk, Debbie Schneiderman. Names of the puppies were not available.

Remy Huerta and Colin Stemper

Juniors Remy Huerta and Colin Stemper said a final goodbye to the Roaring Fork Valley after a rejuvinating break of skiing and hiking. Behind them is Mount Sopris in Carbondale, Colorado.

Naomi Wente

Over Winter Break, Naomi Wente used a grant from the Commission on Women to perform follow-up assssment on wells and toilets for a campaign she began at age 14. “One Toilet at a Time” allows Cambodian girls who've reached the age of menses to remain in school thanks to improved sanitation. Learn more about Naomi’s efforts and enjoy additional photos in the “Out of Competition” section.

Out of Competition

Naomi Wente Well Digging

The well Naomi Wente is digging with Cambodian contractors will provide drinking and irrigation water for 10 families, approximately 80 people. Because the rainy season is getting shorter and shorter, Naomi reports, farmers without wells cannot grow enough rice to feed their families. With well water irrigation, there is rice to eat and to sell, allowing young people to remain in their villages instead of seeking sweatshop jobs in the city.

Naomi Wente and Partners

A future Cougar? If so, this young girl from Chuk Romdule will have Naomi and her American and Cambodian partners and community members to thank. They’re posing in front of a school toilet built in 2009. Without it, teachers and children would have had to relieve themselves in an open field or leave school and go home to go to the bathroom.

George Fosgate and group

Last but not least, our favorite Portland thespian, retired theatre professor George Fosgate, shown here with choir director Ken Hodgson, hosted two Cougar vocalists (Donovan Hanson and Chris Hay) during their West Coast tour. But where are the Morris pajamas, gentlemen?