Program sends students overseas to learn language

June 23, 2013 

Several area students will be heading overseas this summer or fall to learn languages not usually taught in high school.

They are among around 625 students nationwide awarded scholarships from the State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. The program takes place in the native culture for speakers of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian and Turkish. Students receive travel, housing (usually with a host family), meals and educational and cultural activities focused on learning the language.

The local recipients include:

•  Paris Buedel of Chapel Hill, a rising sophomore at Carrboro High School who will study Chinese in China for the next school year.

•  Harris Kay of Cary, a rising junior at Enloe High School who will study Russian in Russia for the next school year.

•  Sarah Levinson of Cary, a recent graduate of Green Hope High School who will study Russian in Russia for the summer.

•  Alexandria Paterson of Chapel Hill, a rising senior at Carrboro High School who will study Korean in South Korea for the next school year.

•  Amanda Zink of Raleigh, a recent graduate of Raleigh Charter High School who will study Turkish in Turkey for the next school year.

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