The national Swahili Cultural Institute (New York) recognized three Bloomington area students for their dedication, enthusiasm, and excellance in the study of Swahili language and culture.
Veronica Piurek (The Project School), won in the Middle/Elementary School children's category. Veronica has been a participate in the IU ASP's Summer Swahili Camp.
Braelyn FitzSimmons, a freshman at Bloomington High School North this past year, won the High School youth category. Braelyn has participated in the IU ASP's STARTalk Swahili Program and two summers of the IU ASP's Summer Swahili Camp.
Jeremy Coburn, IU PhD candidate in Linguistics and PhD Minor in African Studies, won Most Promising Non-Native Kiswahili Speaker in the U.S. Hongera! Congratulations, to all three Bloomingtonians who swept the awards this year! Asante sana (thank you) to our wonderful lead instructor.
Margaret Mwingera, a PhD student in the IU School of Education and her co-instructors, Baraka Mbise (MA, African Studies) and Simon Munyenazi (PhD student, IU Education) who make learning Kiswahili fun and engaging.