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Student invited to World Leadership Forum, National Scholars Program

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ashley Brown
Ashley Nichole Brown is one special girl. Not only has she received an invitation to the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington D.C., she was also invited to attend the National Young Scholars Program in DeKalb, Ill., after being nominated by her teacher Viviane Edwards.

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.

For more information on the People to People program, visit http://www.peopletopeople.com/Pages/defa....

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Ashley Brown, Well done. Merry Christmas one and all.

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Wed, Dec 17, 2008, at 11:01 AM

While I applaud this young lady for taking this trip, I sometimes wonder if the people to people program is not having the young people paying a high price for the chaperone and administrative costs. Some of these people to people programs seem quite costly compared to other student exchange programs where administrative fees are quite a bit less. As a parent I have looked into many exchange programs and they are not all created equal in price or quality but there are others out there. I hope all research several of them before they decide;for though a trip like this is a real plus as part of one's education, it seems that every few months there is a request to held fund a People to People trip. Is this because they cost more than other programs? Makes one wonder anyway.

I hope she has a wonderful time and learns a lot in any case.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 8:53 AM

Way to go Ashley Brown, have a great experience.

-- Posted by Marcella on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 9:58 AM

Way to go Ashley Brown, have a great experience.

-- Posted by Marcella on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 10:03 AM

Way to go Ashley Brown, enjoy the experience.

-- Posted by Marcella on Tue, Jan 6, 2009, at 12:07 PM

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