For Amanda Reinhold, it took six days and more than 2,500 miles to
learn about national leadership.
Reinhold was among 212 middle school students from across the
U.S. who traveled to Washington, D.C., last month and toured
monuments, attended workshops and met with legislators.
The Jordan Middle School seventh-grader was nominated to
participate in the People-to-People Student Ambassadors Program,
which sends students to various international and domestic locations
to learn about leadership, culture and government.
“If you want to be a leader, you have to take a leadership role,”
said Amanda, 12. “For instance, you have to direct people if you’re
president, and you have to try and get them to vote for you.”
Some of her favorite sights in the nation’s capital were the
Lincoln Memorial, the Museum of Natural History and the Korean War
Memorial. She also said she enjoyed meeting Del. Eleanor Holmes
Norton (D-Washington, D.C.).
The program, founded by former President Dwight Eisenhower and
chaired by President George W. Bush, also provided school credit. But
Amanda said the experience was invaluable because she aspires to
become a politician.
“It’s really important to get involved in your government because
you can make a really big difference,” she said. “You should always
speak out for what you believe in.”
Amanda was nominated last year by her teacher, Twilia Perry, who
believed she had all the right qualities for the program.
“She is an exemplary and attentive student whose work was always
right on the mark, and her behavior was never a problem,” Perry said.
“I knew that she would get the most out of it.”
Students who are interested in the program can obtain an
information packet by registering online at www.student