William ScannellWilliam Scannell’s eye-opening trip to the Middle East as a 6-year-old sparked a desire to learn Arabic. Now, the fifth-grade CTYOnline student from Alaska is speaking, reading, and writing the language, and using his experiences to communicate with kids living in imperiled parts of the world.

William was just out of first grade when he first visited Jerusalem and other Middle Eastern cities with his father. In the airport on the way home, he told his dad he wanted to learn Arabic. He took his first class with CTYOnline in 2012 and picked up the language quickly. Now, three years later, he’s finishing up his seventh Arabic class.

“CTY is just pretty awesome and my instructors have been pretty nice and supportive of me even though I’m younger than everyone else,” he said....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.