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Cross-country training

Jackson Bell

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