Recognizing Ilene Gillispie 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 honor Ilene
Gillispie, of the Alexandria
portion of Fairfax County, a 2012 State Department Critical Language
Scholarship (CLS) recipient. Ilene was selected for this competitive
award based on her academic ability, exemplary citizenship, and her
commitment to learning and mastering a foreign language of critical
While studying in Chandigarh, India, Ilene studied at the Punjabi Summer Institute and focused on creating a strong foundation for both her language fluency and her cultural competency. She participated in daily educational activities and built relationships with young leaders from all over the world with a focus on the Punjabi language, one of the thirteen ``critical needs'' foreign languages determined by the Department of State. The CLS program--a key component of the National Security Language Initiative--provides fully-funded, group-based, 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.
Ilene is a student at the New College of Florida. It is inspiring to see young people who are interested in international educational and developmental experiences such as these. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleges to join me in recognizing Ilene Gillispie's achievements and wishing her continued success in her academic and professional pursuits.