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CHS Students to Study Abroad on U.S. Dept. of State Scholarship

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Carman Drake and Richard Potter Carman Drake and Richard Potter

A pair of Charlottesville High School students will spend the summer studying abroad. They both won a highly competitive U.S. Department of State scholarship to learn about new cultures.

Richard Potter and Carman Drake both won merit-based scholarships for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, or NSLI-Y.

The two students have already excelled in school -- taking several Advanced Placement and language classes, and this is just their junior year. Now they are both getting to fly to another country and learn the language first hand.

Potter is going to Tajikistan and Drake is going to Jordan. They both say they're looking forward to getting a lot out of this unique experience.

"Language, sort of a general appreciation for the culture, and seeing something that very few Americans can see," Potter said.

"I just love languages," Drake said. "I think that it's such a big world and we're becoming so interconnected and I think that it's so powerful to be able to communicate on such a larger level."

The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State to help students learn languages that aren't commonly taught. Participating students receive a full scholarship that covers travel, room and board, meals and educational materials.

Potter and Drake will go to Washington D.C. Wednesday for an orientation and fly out of Dulles International Airport on Thursday.

They are two of about 625 students nationwide chosen for the NSLI-Y scholarship for the 2013-2014 year.

Applications for next year's program is expected to be available in early fall. Click here for more information. 

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