Archive for Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Basehor youth returns from People to People student program

November 24, 2004

Cameron Maughmer, a student at Basehor-Linwood Middle School, recently participated in the People to People Student Ambassador Program in Washington, D.C. Between Sept 27 and October 3, Cameron joined a select group of students to study leadership and some of the nation's most prominent monuments and institutions while earning high school credit for doing so.

From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian Institute, and from Williamsburg to the National Museum of American History, Cameron examined the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates participated in small group discussions and exercises to experience first-hand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus and foster change.

Cameron began this journey last spring when he was nominated by his teacher and was then accepted for the honor based on his outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential. He then spent the summer raising money to pay the tuition for his trip. He did this by asking for sponsors, selling snacks and crafts, mowing lawns and doing other assorted odd jobs.

He also set up three buckets at different businesses in Basehor and collected change from the patrons of those businesses.

The student ambassador program is coordinated by the People to People program and fulfills the vision President Dwight D. Eisenhower had for fostering world citizenship when he founded the program in 1956.

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