Recognizing Amanda Michetti as a Recipient of the 2012 Critical Language Scholarshipby Representative Gerald E. Connolly
Posted on 2013-01-02
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.