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Preparing for European adventure

January 16, 2013
The Town Crier
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More than 30 local students are preparing to travel to Europe this summer as part of President Eisenhower's People to People Student Ambassador program. Over the past 50 years that the group has existed, thousands of students nationwide have had the opportunity to learn about foreign cultures first hand, including a homestay with a family in the destined country. Students were interviewed in November following information meetings, receiving recommendations and evaluations from their teachers and other adults, and are now doing fundraising for the 19-day learning experience. They will be meeting monthly with their leaders, Gary Reel and Harold Wilson, veteran Austintown educators, where they will learn about the countries to be visited and do team-building activities. Separate delegations for junior high and high school groups are formed, merging local students with other state delegations. Both groups will spend time traveling from Paris to Rome, visiting France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy along the way.
Pictured are the members of the Mahoning County delegation that includes, in front row: Tyler Lefoer of Austintown, Victoria Johngrass of Boardman, Allison Blackburn of Boardman, Laiken Percic of Struthers, and Katelyn Davis of Struthers. In back row are: Rachel Nagy of Canfield, Jake Jones of Struthers, Samantha Oslavic of South Range, Jessica Wilhelm of Boardman, Raejven Shaw of St. Joseph in Campbell, and Ryan Gavalier of Austintown. Not pictured are Jessica Christian of South Range and Brooke Lee of Youngstown Christian.


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