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May 8, 2007 > Local student named an ambassador

Local student named an ambassador

Mark Christopher O. Balleza, an eighth grade student at St. Edward School in Newark, was chosen as a People to People Student Ambassador and will travel to Australia for an exchange program this summer. Mark was interviewed and accepted based on outstanding scholastic achievement and leadership potential.

The People to People program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. He believed that if people from different cultures could come together in peace and friendship, so eventually would nations. The objective of the program is to promote international understanding while building leadership skills among America's youth.

Mark's 18-day exchange will include meetings with Australia's government officials, educational activities, and home stays with host families. He'll be earning high school or college credits for the trip and activities. He will gain insight into new cultures, form lasting friendships with global counterparts, and help promote peace and human dignity.

"I am honored to have been selected to join the program and to represent America's youth. To know that I have been chosen out of a select few to join an outstanding organization is simply awe-inspiring. I hope to achieve People to People's many objectives," Mark says.

"I'm incredibly excited to embark on this endeavor and plan to share my experiences with my family, friends, and the community. I thank all of my family and friends for their support and generous donations in order for me to take this trip."

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