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STLCC Student Captures Top Prize in Study Missouri Photo Contest

April 03, 2014

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Katrin Hackenberg's photo "'Nothing Impossible' St. Louis" earned the top prize in the Study Missouri International Student Photo Contest.

A photo taken by Katrin Hackenberg of St. Louis Community College earned the top prize in the 2014 Study Missouri International Student Photo Contest.

Hackenberg, who is studying interior design at STLCC’s Meramec campus, received first prize of $200, which was presented at the International Education Day at the Capitol luncheon April 2.  Her photo, titled “Nothing Impossible St. Louis,” was selected from 228 entries submitted by 138 students representing from 13 institutions. It was printed, mounted and displayed in the Capitol Rotunda during the event.

"My photo depicts what the city stands for me,” Hackenberg noted in the description. “To look at the Arch and to view this fascinating and impressing symbol of development and history makes me proud to be an international resident, even if it’s only temporary. The city offers so much distinctive architecture, authentic neighborhoods and people that I feel inspired in my life. As the quote from back in the days says ‘nothing is impossible,’ and a city like Saint Louis lets you do your work and live, until your dream comes true. It's a wonderful place to enjoy America and feel connected to their important history and future changes.”

Students participating in the event had the opportunity to learn more about the legislative process, network with other international and study-abroad students from across the state and enjoy lunch at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Advisers scheduled appointments with their respective legislators and discussed the importance of international education and its impact on Missouri colleges and universities.

Hackenberg, 35, came to St. Louis in 2012 from Berlin, Germany, along with her husband, a biologist who is working on a project that runs through 2015. With newfound free time, Hackenberg said she was motivated to continue her education because of a strong belief in the value of lifelong learning.

“I chose to study interior design for a new career, and chose St. Louis Community College because it offers an associate degree with an opportunity to transfer to Maryville University,” she said. “I also attend classes at Forest Park this semester. I started with ESL (English as a Second Language) classes in August 2013 at Meramec. STLCC is an affordable and authentic place to study. I like the diversity of students and to participate in the American lifestyle.”

The Study Missouri Consortium is a grassroots organization of colleges and universities statewide dedicated to promoting international education. Study Missouri’s mission is to support and enhance the capacity of member institutions, individually and collectively, to foster international experiences and cross-cultural competence among students, faculty and citizens in Missouri and to facilitate communication, cooperation, and expansion of international educational activities and exchanges in the state of Missouri.