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**Editor’s Note: This was submitted by Case High School Teacher Nancy Gibson
J.I. Case High School in Racine, WI is one of just 76 schools across the U.S. selected for the 2016 Top Global Learning Schools award. Of all the public, private and charter schools in the nation, only 76 schools were given the award by AFS-USA in partnership with The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS),an international honor society dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of high-achieving students.
The award recognizes Case High School’s exceptional dedication to fostering global citizenship through intercultural learning—both inside and outside of the classroom. From hosting international students, to incorporating intercultural learning initiatives into their curriculum, J.I. Case High School was recognized for a strong commitment to developing students’ global competency.
The award recognized Case as a leader in promoting cultural diversity and international experiences. The school has a long tradition of welcoming new foreign exchange students. Case students travel with their teachers to several foreign countries each year. This year they will visit Japan and Scotland.
The Case Theater program was specifically recognized for national leadership in promoting diversity and international experiences through student trips to the International Thespian Festival and to high schools in Germany where they presented their Break the Hate Habit workshops.
 On the AFS website, the Racine school is praised for their work. “J.I. Case High School, an International Baccalaureate school, has consistently welcomed exchange students from around the world. The community demonstrated its commitment to diversity and inclusion by producing the original musical, #Dark Side of the Rainbow, which addressed transgender students and suicide. The school board voted unanimously to promote this play, which featured an AFS exchange student from South Africa as a the lead actor.”
The award for Top Global School designation will be presented by representatives of AFS and NSHSS to the school at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 11th in the Case High School Theater, 5402 Washington Avenue, Racine, WI. This will be just before the premiere of Case Eagle Theater’s newest original musical, Twisted Truth. This will be the first public performance of the show before it moves on to the State Thespian Festival competition later in the month. The public is invited to attend the event.
As part of the award, one $1,000.00 merit scholarship will be awarded to a student currently enrolled at Case H.S. who is interested in studying abroad as an AFS student during the 2017-2018 school year. Rules and Deadlines:
Case High School was one of 26 Wisconsin high schools nominated this year, and the only school in the southeast region of the state to win the award.
To learn more about the five characteristics of international schools which are used in the Case Eagle Theater program, read the article: 5 Things All Top Global Learning School Have in Common.