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Local Middle Schooler Wins Trip Abroad With 'People To People'

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KHQ.COM - Last week 8th grade Garry Middle School student Ayesha Bergman won People to People's "I Have A Dream" Scholarship contest.

That means that this summer, she will get to pick a program within People to People to take a trip abroad.

People to People, which is based in Spokane, is an organization that facilitates educational travel experiences for young students. The goal of the organization is to "bridge cultural and political borders" and to create "global citizens."

In her "I Have A Dream" contest submission, Ayesha explained what she thought were qualities of a global citizen and why she wants to do some traveling.

"It doesn't matter where they [a global citizen] are, but they do whatever they can to change that place," she said. "They always do good in their community, they strive to exceed everyone's achievement, [and are] all around good people."

Ayesha, who has never traveled out of Spokane, except to go to Portland, is very excited about her trip. She said she might want to go to Spain, but is not sure yet.

Her family, who was there to surprise her when she was told she was one of the contest winners, is also very excited and extremely proud.

"She's always been that girl that's reached for stars," said Ayesha's dad Eddie Canty. "This is going to be like a key or door opening situation for her."

Her mom, Autumn Bergman, who was teary-eyed with excitement, is most excited for her to have the opportunity to "see the beauty of other places" and to bring what she's learned in Spokane to other cultures around the world.

Gary Stokes, one of the judges for the scholarship, said the reason why Ayesha was chosen as one of the winners was because she seemed like the type of student who could really get something out of taking a trip abroad.

"I hope she has the time of her life," said Stokes.

This is the 1st annual contest of its kind for People to People and it is specifically intended for students in the Inland Northwest.

The other winner from the Inland Northwest this year is 11th grader Logan Stinebaugh, from Nine Mile Falls.

To see both Ayesha and Logan's contest submissions, you can click here: http://www.peopletopeople.com/blog/2014/02/i-have-a-dream-scholarship-winners-announced

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