Clayton Shilling winning photo (2)Clayton Shilling, a senior International Studies and German major  at Missouri Southern State University from Neosho, has won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Study Missouri Photo Contest.

His photo will be printed, mounted and displayed in the Capitol Rotunda during International Education Day on Tuesday, April 30. A $350 check will be presented to him during the International Education Day luncheon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.

Clayton’s winning photo was taken in Nuremburg, Germany, in February 2012 while he was attending MSSU’s partner university, the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences.

“It was by far one of the coldest days of the year,” he said. “The temperatures had not reached double digits in over a week. Nuremburg was a brief 40-minute train ride from Ansbach where I lived and after being cooped up inside for days, I decided to visit for the day. The photo was taken from a castle that sits higher above the city. Standing there, surveying the whole city and watching the smoke rise out of chimneys was breathtaking. I learned to enjoy winter just a little bit that day, despite my frozen fingers.”

Clayton went on to spend a second semester in Germany, at MSSU’s other partner university in Deutschland, the Bremen University of Applied Sciences

More than 350 college students representing 75 countries will participate in International Education Day. They will observe legislative sessions, visit with lawmakers representing the districts where they study, and hear speakers from the General Assembly and Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

International Education Day is organized by Study Missouri, a group of 42 Missouri colleges and universities organized to showcase and encourage cultural exchange and study abroad opportunities. Chad Stebbins, director of MSSU’s Institute of International Studies, is the president of Study Missouri.