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  • Recognizing Amanda Michetti as a Recipient of the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship

    by Representative Gerald E. Connolly

    Posted on 2013-01-02

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    CONNOLLY of virginia in the house of representatives Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Amanda Michette, of Springfield, as a 2012 State Department Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) recipient. Amanda was selected for this competitive award based on her academic ability and her commitment to learning and mastering a foreign language of critical importance.



    While studying in Amman, Jordan, she was a participant in the Arabic Summer institute and focused on improving both her language fluency and her cultural competency. The CLS program--a key component of the National Security Language Initiative--provides fully-funded, group- based, intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences to U.S. students overseas. The accelerated program of study over 8-10 weeks is approximately equivalent to one full year of language study, and includes extracurricular activities designed to supplement the formal curriculum.

    Amanda is a student at James Madison University. It is inspiring to see young people who are interested in international education and developmental experiences such as these. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleges to join me in recognizing Amanda Michette's achievements and wishing her continued success in her academic and professional pursuits.

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