the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower sought
to find new paths to international understanding in the 1950s.
his presidency found itself in the midst of looming nuclear warfare,
Eisenhower explored ways to promote human relationships and world
harmony. He said he wanted to bring people together by sharing experiences
and appreciation of individual cultures so in 1956, he held a White
House conference that would bring his idea to fruition.
with the help of other world ambassadors, developed a "People to
People Student Ambassador" program that would provide a three-week
student exchange visit. During this time, students would visit each
other's homes, attend their schools and places of worship in the
hope that they would grow into more tolerant and appreciative adults
coming away with a real idea of how other cultures and people lived.
As a logical extension, the program hoped to prevent further destruction
through shared meaningful communication, appreciation and compromise.
Tuba City Students have been selected to participate in the ambassador
program, based on, not only their academic promise and teacher recommendations,
but they must also be willing to give presentations about their
experience upon return. They also must be willing to host a visiting
student ambassador from a sister city.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Youth Ambassadors candidates from Tuba City
Two students selected from the Tuba City Junior HighAlicia
Tsosie, eighth grade; and Amber Williams, eighth grade.
Four Students selected from the Tuba City High SchoolJessie
Bilagody, ninth grade; Terrance Grey, 10th grade; Cassandra Roe,
10th grade; and Samantha Roe, 10th grade.
of these Tuba City students must raise $2,000 for the travel and
stipend expenses, so a variety of fund-raisers will be scheduled
to help with costs. The six students will be gone from July to August
and could be sent to live with a host family in any of the nine
Sister Cities that participate with the State of Arizona in this
exchange program. These cities include: Catania, Italy; Calgary,
Canada; Chengdu, China; Ennis, Ireland; Grenoble, France; Hermosillo,
Mexico; Himeji, Japan; Prague, Czech Republic; and Taipai, Taiwan.
guidelines point out each of the selected ambassadors are expected
to obey the laws of United States and their selected host country.
Similarly they should be willing learn some preliminaries about
their proposed host country, its language and customs.
that the Youth Ambassadors from Tuba City District are all Native
American representing Navajo and Cherokee tribes, the Dwight D.
Eisenhower program will benefit additionally this year by not just
having American student ambassadors but students ambassadors that
are truly First Americans.
more information on how to assist these six outstanding Tuba City
students raise the funds necessary to participate in this program,
call the Office of Public Relations at Tuba City District at 928-283-1072.
Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified