Students Competing for Honor to Represent Sister Cities, Win Scholarships

Youth Ambassadors to Be Announced at Oct. 15 Gala

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Five high school students are competing for the honor to represent the Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach as Youth Ambassador. Final judging and awards will take place Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Youth Ambassador Gala at Princess Anne Country Club, 3800 Pacific Ave. Tickets are $20 and include hors d'oeuvres. There will be both silent and live auction items, including gift baskets, jewelry, Venetian glassware and a baseball autographed by Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels. Tickets are available by contacting Ruth Fraser at rhfraser@vbgov.com or (757) 385-4303.

The competition was open to all Virginia Beach students in grades 9 -11 with at least a 3.0 GPA. The application process was rigorous and specifically focused on areas important to the Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach and its sister city relationships around the globe. The contestants for this first-of-its-kind addition to the Sister Cities program are:

  • Cameron Grove, Green Run High School
  • Komel Kamdar, Princess Anne High School
  • Jennifer Liao, Princess Anne High School
  • Minday Medrana, Princess Anne High School
  • Michaela Vecerkauskas, Tallwood High School

At the gala and as part of the competition judging, the candidates will respond to interview questions, talk about a global issue or concern and the plan they have for addressing it as the Sister Cities Youth Ambassador, and perform a talent, which could be singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument.

"Each of the candidates is impressive," said Carolyn Garrett, event chairperson. "They have wonderful ideas and have demonstrated a deep commitment to the ideals of the Sister Cities organization, which is to foster international understanding, friendship and cooperation by promoting people-to-people exchanges and continuing relationships between our city and citizens."

Because of the generous support of Beach Ford as the event sponsor, the winning student will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. The first runner-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the second runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship. 

The winner will be recognized at a formal meeting of the Virginia Beach City Council and will participate in various events throughout the year, including the Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach Christmas Parade, Cherry Blossom Festival, FilFest, and the International Sister Cities 2017 Conference, to be held in Virginia Beach in July.

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