Brown, a fifth-grade student at Staunton Elementary, is a typical 10-year-old.
"I like to skate with my friends," she said, "and my favorite movie is High School Musical."
She enjoys playing softball, soccer, and gymnastics at Tumble Express, dancing at Studio 1 as well as reading with first graders at Staunton.
Brown is the daughter of Ralph and Chrischelle Brown, Brazil, and she has two younger sisters, Mariah, 9, and Hannah, 5.
"I've done the research, since the program has started. Every United States President has sat as Chairman" Chrischelle said. "She will be exposed to so many new things as well as mature and grow from the experience."
A press release given to The Brazil Times said, "Ashley was accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and her leadership potential."
She will be going to Washington, D.C., March 23-28, 2009, and joining a group of students and studying leadership and how to build successful strategies, make decisions, build insight and foster change.
Ashley will be preparing for her future and being given the chance to explore a career through the access that only People to People can give her.
She will meet students from all over the world and have the opportunity to learn about different cultures.
"I want to learn about different languages and traditions," Ashley said. "I wonder if other families are like mine. I also like the idea of being able to see the White House. I think it would be really cool to meet the president."
During her stay in Washington, Ashley will be touring Capital Hill, the Supreme Court, as well as The Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the International Spy Museum, Gettysburg and the Smithsonian Institute.
"I want her to do this. We (her family) want her to do this," Chrischelle said. "The sky is the limit for her and this opportunity would give her so much."
Because of the cost Ashley and her family had to choose between People to People and National Young Scholars Program, but even with the expense of only one trip, the Brown's are asking for help from the community.
"It's the holiday season, times are tough and people are struggling," Chrischelle said. "We (her family) are doing everything we can to help her, but more help would be greatly appreciated."
An account has been set up at Harris Bank entitled the Ashley Brown Washington D.C. Fund.
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