For Shon G. the AAS journey started 12 years ago, when the school was much smaller. He grew along with the AAS community to become a mature young man.
Shon started engaging with MUN, which taught him important lessons about intercultural empathy, international relations, and the power in collaboration. Thanks to the MUN conferences, he learned about global issues most pertinent to the modern world and realized that his voice could make a difference.
During his IB years, Shon undertook a variety of CAS projects. He initiated contact with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Bulgaria. His plan was to sell WWF merchandise while using presentations to educate AAS students about the organization’s projects. Although the pandemic hit and the students were forced to cancel the events, Shon continued with his fundraising efforts by organizing a gaming tournament with some of the CEESA schools.
Shon was also strongly involved with the ''Angelia'' foundation that supports children with cancer. He organized a small penalty shootout where students could pay a small entry fee and their contributions went to supporting the foundation’s projects. Another of his projects, along with some of his classmates, was to collect, sort and donate clothes to the Council of Refugee Women.
It seems that Shon never got tired, as he also got involved with getting the TED Club for Middle School students running. Despite the pandemic he and his partner Vasila managed to hold online meetings for the club and get the younger students passionate about global issues. Lastly, in his senior year Shon worked on the creation and publishing of the LUX magazine, which collects poetry, prose and artwork from AAS students and has been recognized internationally through the years.
We are very proud and happy to have students like Shon as a part of our community and we hope his example inspires many students to get involved in various school activities, clubs and initiatives that influence the wider Sofia community.