The United States Institute of Peace announced May 15 that Anna Nesterova, Baton Rouge Magnet High School student, is the winner of the 2014 National Peace Essay Contest for Louisiana and earned a $1,000 academic scholarship.

Nesterova’s essay, “Kosovo and Libya: How SSR Can Mean The Difference Between Development and Stagnation,” examined how security sector reform contributes to sustainable peace, according to a news release from USIP.

Each year, the NPEC scholarship competition challenges students to think about international conflict issues related to the institute’s work.

Around the world, USIP, headquartered in Washington, D.C., helps to build professional, sustainable and locally supported security institutions that promote democracy and the rule of law by assisting U.S. and foreign governments in reform efforts and developing cadres of experts through education and training, the release said.