Every year we ask students to document their summer immersion experience. Not because they will soon forget it (we are certain they won’t!), but because it is wonderful and inspiring way to look back on the transformative journey they took as high school students.  To sweeten the pot (as if memories weren’t rich enough), we create a blog and photo/video contest and encourage students to submit their favorite photos, creative videos and in-depth blogs to win a gift card and be featured on our website.

We always receive many inspiring submissions and this year our students did not disappoint. Congratulations to the following students whose blogs, videos and photos captured the SPI experience and remind us of the wonderment and incredible value of language immersion.

First Place Winners

1st Place Blog: Travel’s with Erin written by Erin Eagle

San Sebastian Summer 1

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For first place in our blog contest, we found ourselves in San Sebastian with Erin, a bit nervous to begin the trip, but leaving with a deep love for Spanish culture, San Sebastian and gelato!

1st Place Photo/Video: SPI Study Abroad: San Sebastián 2016 created by Emily Klein

San Sebastian, Month 1

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The 1st place in our Video/Photo contest took us all through Spain (including Pamplona for the running of the bulls!)and even parts of France all while enjoying the scenery, excursions and  the DELICIOUS treats!

1st Runner Up

Runner Up Blog: The Biarritz Bucketlist written by Isabella Williams

Biarritz Month 1

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Runner Up Photo/Video: Photo taken by Samantha Thomas

Guilin Summer 2

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2nd Runner Up

2nd Runner Up Photo/Video: Photo by Owen Hargenrader

Santander, Summer 1

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2nd Runner up Blog: My Trip to Monteverde  by Jake Sikora

Costa Rica, Summer 2

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Honorable Mentions

Photo/Video – San Sebastian, Spain- SPI Study Abroad 2016 created by Brianna Corrie, San Sebastian Summer 1

Photo/VideoSpiderman Gordo taken by Shree Dhanani, San Sebastian Summer 1

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Photo/Video – Photo taken by Caroline Osborn, San Sebastian Summer 1

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