Alex Lott chosen as People to People Student Ambassador | People
Alex Lott has been chosen to represent his hometown, state and country as a Student Ambassador with the People to People program on a 3 week journey through Europe. He is the 16 year old son of CW3 Jason and Penny Lott, of Beaumont, MS, and is a junior at Richton High School. He is currently completing the Mississippi Scholars' curriculum, as established by the MS Economic Development Council, is a left handed varsity pitcher for the Rebels, and a member of First Baptist Church of Richton.
The People to People program was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 as a way to pave the path to peace through shared experiences and understanding. He once said, "I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments". The student ambassador program is an exciting, life-changing experience that will change Alex's view of the world forever.
The program has a stringent selection process, whereby students are nominated by teachers, community leaders or peers, and then must present multiple letters of recommendation from various leaders, educators and business people, along with their personal resume. From these items, students are then selected to participate in an interview process where they must be capable of discussing world events and history, and form opinions about these while being able to back them adequately. Alex was selected as one of 40 from over 400 students originally nominated, and that group is now down to 13 students who are set to travel on June 9, 2012. During this trip, the students will see the world and themselves through new eyes and experience the excitement of travel, the advantage of studying in another part of the world, and the joy of cultural diversity. They will discover that they are capable of conquering much more than they ever dreamed, all while learning about new cultures, new places, and new friendships.
Alex will travel through six European countries during this three week trip, and will live with a German family for a part of that time. He will be able to see the inner workings of governments, meet local and national officials, see historical sites and all while promoting interpersonal relationships and understanding. Alex is extremely excited about the trip, and is looking forward to seeing places like the Tower of London, the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles, and the beaches of Normandy, among many other sites. The beach at Normandy and the US military graveyard are of special interest to Alex, since his father is a 26 year military veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, and both grandfathers and two great-grandfathers served our country in the military. His father has been employed at MATES, Camp Shelby, for 24 years.
This group has been performing service projects for our military prior to leaving for deployments, and doing a great deal of academic studies, including certification as an ambassador and studies for each country they will visit, so that they will be able to behave as customs would have them to do, and understand some of the things they will see and do. Once in Europe, they will continue with academic studies and another service project, all while maintaining a very busy schedule of travel and meetings. Their service project will be a reforestation project in the Swiss Alps. Upon return to the states, there will be more academic work to complete, but Alex will end up with high school and college credits for all of this work. It has been quite a busy few months for Alex!
All of this opportunity comes at a great price, however. Alex has worked very hard with his parents and several other people to pay about 3/4 of his tuition cost, but he's found himself close to time to embark on his international adventure and needing to try to raise a little bit more funding to get him on board the plane and off to Europe. He has been diligent about making sure all of his academic work is done, and is counting the days before he heads "across the pond". If you or a business group would be interested in helping Alex with a part of the remainder of his tuition, please contact him at 601.588.0382 or his mailing address of P.O. Box 41, Beaumont, MS 39423. He can also answer any questions that you might have. Thank you in advance for your support, and please remember Alex in your prayers for safe travels during this trip.
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