ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 13, 2014) — Nova Classical Academy announced Wednesday that two of its high school students have been admitted to United World Colleges (UWC) programs for the 2014-15 school year.
Gustav Honl-Stuenkel, a junior at Nova, was invited to attend UWC-USA New Mexico; and Arunima Shiney-Ajay, also a junior, was one of the 25 students selected to study abroad at UWC Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Only 50 of the more than 500 applicants from around the globe were admitted for the 2014-15 school year; just 25 of those were chosen to study abroad. Students are selected from around the world to attend UWC’s 14 international schools based on merit and potential.
Gustav, a member of Nova’s Debate and Model United Nations teams, Track team, and the National Honor Society, will study next year UWC-USA, located on the site of the historic Montezuma Castle near Las Vegas in Montezuma, New Mexico. According to the United World Colleges website, UWC-USA’s programs emphasize community service, wilderness experience, and Southwest studies through weekly service commitments and multi-day projects and expeditions.
“The focus on community service is important to me,” said Gustav. “The whole UWC program has such a positive effect.”
Aru, also a member of the National Honor Society and Nova’s Debate, Model UN, and Mock Trial programs, was accepted into UWC Maastricht. Aru is ready for the unique experience UWC Maasticht will provide.
“I’m really excited to meet all of the international students and gain and international perspective,” Aru said. “I gained a lot from Nova and am ready to move forward.” UWC Maastricht was founded in 2009 and offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.”
Aru and Gustav are the first students from Nova Classical Academy to be accepted into UWC programs. They will enter UWC as juniors and will study in the program’s colleges for two years.
“To have two students from a high school of 175 students get accepted into UWC programs is exceptional. We are so proud of Aru and Gustav,” said Brian Bloomfield, Nova’s Executive Director. “We know that their experiences and perspectives will enliven conversations wherever they go.”
Founded in 2003, Nova Classical Academy is public, charter school that offers its K-12 learners a systematic, accelerated, college-preparatory education in the classical tradition. Nova Classical Academy challenges its students to develop intellect, to attain the habits of learning and mastery, and to live a virtuous life of duty and ideals.