Though this may be the farthest, it is certainly not the first, honor for Lubianetsky. He is a two-time winner of the White Rose Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, a top three winner in Missouri’s National History Day contest, and winner of the 2018 Eliot S. Berkley Award from the International Relations Council for his essay, "The Case for Refugees: Why the United States Should Play an Active Role in the Global Refugee Crisis." He’s also participated in Barstow’ Model UN Club, debate and Knowledge Bowl teams.
Lubianetsky is enrolled in Barstow’s Certificate of Emphasis (COE) program, which allows students to focus studies in an area of academic interest through a combination of online courses, mentorship and a capstone project. His COE strand is Globalization, Social Justice and International Politics.
“John is a brilliant and understated person,” COE Coordinator Kay Hopkins said. “His thirst for knowledge and meaning truly feels intrinsic. The COE program lets him thrive. He can lead his own learning and instead of only meeting others’ criteria, he also gets to meet his own.”