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JCS Student Accepted as People to People Ambassador

NORTH CREEK - Johnsburg Central School high-school student, Cory Gazaille, is ready to take a trip of a lifetime. Gazaille, a sophomore, is one of 40 area students recently accepted to take part in the People to People Student Ambassador Program. Founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the program provides an opportunity for students to travel internationally, with the goal of expanding the student's understanding of foreign cultures while sharing some of their own. The People to People program promises to enhance the student's confidence, establish relationships with peers from around the world, while returning home with "a broader, more enlightened perspective of the world." The group is planning to travel throughout Europe this summer, including stops in England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Candidates for the ambassador program are nominated anonymously, and Gazaille is appreciative to whoever considered him worthy of the opportunity. He recently completed a series of personal interviews before his acceptance, and will soon begin six months of preparatory classes. "I'm really excited," Gazaille says. "I hope to learn what Europe and the rest of the world is like. I think it will be great to see how other people in the world live. Hopefully, in later years, I will experience other countries to see how the rest of the world lives as well." After high school, Gazaille hopes to attend film school and eventually direct movies. Upon his return, he will share his experiences with the school, including a video presentation of the trip. To finance the trip, the Gazaille family is working hard for the next three months to raise the $5,200 necessary to cover his expenses. A series of fund-raising events are planned, and the family is appreciative of any private donations. They are also working with other area ambassadors to coordinate fund-raising efforts. For more information, contact Carol Gazaille at (518) 623-9418.

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