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GR Sister Cities Celebrates International Women’s Day




For immediate release: March 6, 2017       

Media Contact:

Renáta Horváth

GRSCI President

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Local Non-Profit Celebrates International Women’s Day

GR Sister Cities announces annual essay contest winner in recognition of international celebration

Grand Rapids, Mich. – On March 7th, Grand Rapids Sister Cities International will announce the winner of the second annual essay contest in celebration of the worldwide International Women’s Day (March 8). The contest is one of the many programs of Grand Rapids Sister Cities which works to bring the world closer to home in GR through cultural exchanges and activities.

The contest, which ended January 31st, was open to all students in grades 9-12 within the city of Grand Rapids. Submitted essays reflect on a special woman’s life whom the student may or may not have met. The special woman must be from one of the countries represented by Grand Rapids’ sister cities—Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mexico or Poland. Last year’s essay winner was a student at Grand Rapids Innovation Central High School. The winning student will receive a $500 cash reward.  

Contest judges included Charmayne Mulligan, Ph.D. of Davenport University, Victoria Upton of Women’s Lifestyle Magazine and Debra Rienstra, Ph.D. of Calvin College. 

The public is invited to the announcement which will be held at the Grand Rapids City Commission meeting at 7:00 p.m., on March 7th, at LINC UP Gallery, located at 341 Hall Street, SE Grand Rapids, MI.


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About Grand Rapids Sister Cities International

Grand Rapids Sister Cities International (GRSCI) is a non-profit organization that works to build relationships between Grand Rapids and its sister cities around the world: Ga District, Ghana; Perugia, Italy; Omihachiman, Japan; Zapopan, Mexico; and Bielsko-Biała, Poland. GRSCI promotes understanding and mutual respect through exchanges in culture, art, education, community and economic development. For more information visit:

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