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Jessica Williamson to go to U.K. with People to People

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Jessica Williamson, 12, a 7th grade honor roll student at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, has been selected to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program to visit the United Kingdom this summer.

The student ambassadors will spend approximately 3 weeks learning about the government, economy and culture of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland through activites such as briefing at embassies and ministries, discussions with industry and trade officials, site visits to the headquarters of international organizations, and meetings with youth clubs.

Delegations will receive an overview of the cultural heritage of each country during visits to major historical sites and performances of ethnic music and dance. The delegation will travel to London, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh and Wicklow Mountain.

As part of their overseas experience, Student Ambassadors will have home visits with host families. Host families include their American guests in everyday activities, enabling the Student Ambassadors to gain a firsthand understanding of the ways people live and work in other cultures.

Each Student Ambassador is selected on a basis of recommendations, including school references and personal interviews with members of a screening committee in their local community. Once students are accepted into the program, they prepare for their overseas project by attending oreientation meetings in their own area and studying background amterial on the countries and orgnizations they will visit.

Jessica dances at Academy of Dance Arts and takes English riding lessons. She rides Western as well. She is involved in Pop Warner cheerleading and active in her church youth group. Jessica is the daughter of Mark and Leslie Williamson.

The Student Ambassador Program is operated under the auspices of People to People International, a nonpolitical, private sector organization founded by President Eisenhower in 1956 to further international goodwill and understanding. An international network of People to People chapters in nearly 60 American cities and 35 countries assists program administrators in arranging homestays and educational activities.

Students can obtain high school and university credits through participation in the program and may be eligible for grants.

Jessica is seeking help with the $4,600 cost of the program. For more information, call 783-8381.