Kyle Mitchell Shook, a 2008 North Hall High School graduate, earned the prestigious Fulbright Award.
The Mercer University graduate earned a Fulbright English teaching assistantship, which will send him to Poland to teach English at primary and secondary schools and universities.
“The word humbled seems inadequate to describe my feelings toward this tremendous honor,” Shook said. “I am still somewhat in disbelief that this is truly happening.”
Shook, who majored in women’s and gender studies and English at Mercer, was active in the Mercer Players and traveled to South Africa as part of Mercer On Mission as a junior. Since earning his bachelor’s degree, he has spent the past two years teaching in The Bronx, New York, with Teach For America. Now he will head to Europe to teach.
“Poland offers rich history, a vivid culture and the chance to engage with the international community in both a personal and academic manner,” he said.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.