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Here's a quick update on what was "Hot and Happening" at www.tigweb.org recently:

A fresh new 'My TIG' - what do you think?
The month of February has seen an exciting change on TIG: My TIG, your personalized members-only homepage, has been transformed! Our team has brainstormed, coded, tested, and implemented many changes for your enjoyment. Upload a higher-quality Avatar; head to the Bulletin Board to update your status; share your global travels, and join our feedback discussion to let us know what you think!

NewsAction Competition awards Reader's Choice Prize
As part of the NewsAction Challenge, the reader's choice competition awarded an iPad to the student whose article garnered the majority of Facebook "likes". The competition closed at midnight on January 31st, with Washington International School junior Gonzalo Paz-Soldan's What's next for WikiLeaks? article receiving 1, 352 likes! Gonzalo did a remarkable job marketing his piece and more than tripling his friend network on Facebook! Visit the Student News Action Network on TIG to read many other interesting articles written by talented young student journalists.

The Pearson Fellowship for Social Innovation Kicks Off Its First Week
The Pearson Fellowship for Social Innovation has kicked off its first week of inauguration on January 24 with The Manifesto Of Encouragement. The chosen individuals are young leaders who have taken a great idea and developed it during the Sprout E-course. The twelve selected youths will use the skills they develop during the e-course and draw on the resources that will be constantly available to them to bring social change within their communities. Read more about the Pearson Fellowship and the selected projects.

Imagine Cup 2011
Learn new skills, meet new friends and quite possibly change the world. The Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition where competitors put their ideas into action through their creativity and innovation to help solve some of the world's toughest problems - such as education, environmental sustainability, disaster relief and more - while competing for cash and prizes. Explore the challenges, and build your team now to win great prizes and change the world through the process of thinking and acting. The Worldwide Finals will be held in New York City, U.S.A from July 8-13, 2011. If you need ideas for entries, check out Imagine Cup Solve This, a place where IGOs, NGOs, and non-profit organizations have submitted world problems that you can take on as part of your project.

Religious Freedom Poetry Contest Winners
The Religious Freedom Poetry contest is officially over. The contestants were asked to submit a poem on the question of religion to mark Religious Freedom Day (January 16th) in the U.S. The entrants will be content to know that the judges have selected the top three poems. Congratulations to nehamschamaria, the first prize winner who receives a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate! Also, congrats to our two honorable mentions, ivyhopegirl and Simonette who will be awarded with a future publication in the Panorama Zine.

We wish you a wonderful week!

- Sena, Linda, Mike, Rob and the entire TakingITGlobal Team!
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