Annually, the SIS Swiss International School Group honours the three best extended essays from graduating students. The written assignments originate in the context of the final examination corresponding to the Matura, Abitur
or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam. The topics of the extended essays differ greatly. However, their common denominator is their presentation of an independent, autonomous piece of reflection and research, captured in a 4.000 word paper.
This year, students in the final year of SIS schools located in Rio de Janeiro, Basel, Zürich, Friedrichshafen, Regensburg, Stuttgart-Fellbach and Ingolstadt could take part, but only the best-graded assignment per location was submitted for the SIS Best Essay Award. Thus, seven essays were submitted.
The external mark is pivotal for a top ranking. To complement this, the student’s behaviour and engagement at their school is taken into consideration.
The winner of the SIS Best Essay Award 2020 is Charlotte from SIS Basel. In her paper entitled “Ich weiss das, weil Tyler das weiss. Psychoanalyse als narratives Verfahren in David Finchers Fight Club
”, she highlighted psychoanalysis in the movie Fight Club, pointing out that the narrator as well as the viewer go through a process of self-discovery.
Charlotte was valued throughout her years at SIS Basel as a persistent and relentless student, while at the same time being humble, empathetic and helpful. She has been part of the Student Council, she has taken part in Model United Nations events and has been a constant support for students of all ages throughout the school. Charlotte wins a shopping voucher amounting to one thousand Swiss Francs.
The second place goes to Beatrice from ESB Rio de Janeiro. Her paper holds the title “Quando a violência legitima a poder
” and compares the relationship between violence and power in two short stories; “Feliz Ano Novo
” and “O Cobrador
”, both by Rubem Fonseca.
Deborah from SIS Zürich secured the third place with her essay on “Migräne Behandlung mit medizinischem Cannabis am Kopfwehzentrum Hirslanden
”. In this essay, she investigates if cannabis can assuage the pain of migraine patients.
All three essays display an in-depth study into the respective topic that exceeds expectations. We, at the SIS Group, are proud of the students’ commitment and passion that culminated in these excellent papers. We would like to acknowledge the three students as well as their teachers, who supported the students in their extensive research process. Thank you!