Description of 2017 Awards

All awards are placed on the project page after being granted.  You can search for award winners on the main conference page using the filter dropdown for awards.

Audience awardAudience Choice Award: These badges are awarded to presentations that capture the buzz of conference attendees by generating the most audience engagement.

2017 Recipient: Omar Zaatreh, King’s Academy:

Omar’s project, “The Refugees Crisis: Domes of Hope,” was selected from more than 300 projects to receive an Audience Award. The Audience Award is given to those students whose projects garnered the highest level of engagement from conference participants, including visits, “likes,” and comments.
In his project, completed as part of his GOA Architecture course, Omar tackled the challenge of providing housing to Jordan’s ballooning refugee population: “I was inspired to do this project because of my visit to Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the summer last year, as I saw the miserable conditions that the families are living in, and I really wanted to help them overcome this situation.” Visit Omar’s project.

GOA citationGOA Citation: These badges are awarded to exemplary presentations who the Global Online Academy and participating member school faculty determine best represent the goals of the conference: 1) Raising awareness, 2) Promoting grassroots action, 3) Promoting institutional change.

Explore all 2017 GOA Citation winners here.

The Catalyst for Change Prize: This prize is the most prestigious prize at the Catalyst Conference, and reserved for a small number of presentations. A GOA recruited panel of advocacy experts and organizations will review and award the Catalyst for Change Prize to presentations that have demonstrated exceptional thoughtfulness, planning, and potential for enduring change. Panel experts will use the conference presentation rubric to guide their evaluation. In addition to a badge on their presentation and GOA public promotion, recipients of this award will be granted the opportunity to consult with an expert on the panel in the field of social change about the ways to further this project or seek guidance on a new idea their Catalyst Presentation has sparked.

2017 Panelists: Erica Ciszek, Meghann Scharfenberger, Nikia Washington, Ellen McBride, Ronald Garcia, Hansen Grant, Leah Griffin, Nancy Feidelman, Lindsey Waters

2017 Prize Recipients:

Kaitlyn Paulsen, Lakeside School

Louise Hatcher, The Westminster Schools
Ravi Smith, Lakeside School
Anthea Syke Meek Lovett, Hong Kong International School
Omar Zaatreh King's Academy