20 Under 20 & Global Leadership Certificates/Cords

About 20 Under 20Eligibility | Class of 2021Global Leadership Certificates

About 20 Under 20

In 2016, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth created “20 Under 20” as part of the Global Young Leaders Program. This initiative honors 20 exceptional high school students under the age of 20 who are active in their local Junior World Affairs Council club (JWAC). 20 Under 20 brings a spotlight to young people in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex who consistently give back to their communities and exemplify what it means to be a global citizen. 

Based on JWAC educator sponsor nominations and student applications for 20 Under 20, a Council advisory panel will choose the top 20 students. An event will be held in the late spring to recognize the 20 Under 20 class of that year and will feature a prominent keynote speaker. Students will also be recognized for their accomplishments by the Council to the great North Texas community.

20 Under 20 is generously sponsored by Kathy and John Ward


There are no strict requirements for eligibility for 20 under 20, but JWAC sponsors should consider nominating students who meet some of these standards:

  1. Active JWAC member.
  2. Maintains at least a 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale.
  3. Is a leader in the school or community.
  4. Attended several Council public programs during high school.
  5. Completed at least 10 hours of community service during the year of application and can provide proof of service.

20 Under 20 - Class of 2023

  • Madeline Tsao, Plano West Senior High School, Plano
  • Jana Elawar, Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Dallas
  • Julian Villamar-Robbins, Lake Highlands High School, Richardson
  • Nyasha Griffina, Hillcrest High School, Dallas
  • Rizwan Khan, Plano West Senior High School, Plano
  • Abrahem Sawan, L.D. Bell High School, Hurst 
  • Colombe Akpaca, Hillcrest High School, Dallas
  • Chiemeka Nzewunwah, Prosper High School, Prosper
  • Kush Kaur, Imagine International Academy of North Texas, McKinney
  • Nandini Pottur, Imagine International Academy of North Texas, McKinney
  • Diego Donald, Prosper High School, Prosper
  • Camila Vargas, Hillcrest High School, Dallas
  • Aldo Lomas, Barack Obama High School, Dallas
  • Sarayu Chitturi, Prosper High School, Prosper
  • Rachel Price, Prosper High School, Prosper
  • Zoe Phillips, Prosper High School, Prosper
  • Yana Hudda, Trinity High School, Hurst
  • Grecia Lopez Longorio, ILT Garland, Garland
  • Keegan Cobleigh, Cistercian Preparatory SchoolIrving
  • Sophiya Islam, Billy Ryan High School, Denton

Global Leadership Certificates

JWAC students that meet minimum participation requirements will now be able to earn a Global Leadership Certificate from the Council in May. Senior JWAC students may also be eligible to receive a graduation cord if they meet these requirements.

To earn a Global Leadership Certificate, JWAC students must be in good standing with their school, plus participate in AT LEAST five of the following JWAC programs:

  • A Speaker Event (Dozens of choices)
  • A Service Project (Dozens of choices)
  • JWAC Leadership Training (Six choices)
  • JWAC Discussion Group (Seven choices)
  • Pinnacle Group WorldQuest
  • International Career Day
  • 20 Under 20 Program
  • JWAC Social events (Three choices)

Sponsors are responsible for tracking and submitting names by the end of April to be sent the personalized certificates. 



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