The Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation Announces the "Hefner Initiative – USA/ China/ Asia” 2019 Scholars and Ambassadors

May 15, 2019
By Metra Taleghanifard

The Robert & MeiLi Hefner Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2019 Hefner Scholars are David Seo and Sira Nuguri from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM), Luke Raus and Sydney Wuu from The Webb Schools, Claremont, California, and Alexandra Dagli from Western Albemarle High School in Crozet, Virginia. The 2019 Hefner Ambassadors are Mr. Blair Amberly, teacher and Co-Chairman at the Free Union Country School in Virginia, and Dr. Janet Neufeld, Vice President of Academic Services at OSSM.
The "Hefner Initiative - USA/ China/ Asia” 2019 program is an approximate 10-day cultural experience in Beijing and Suzhou, China. The trip will consist of six days spent in Beijing where the Hefner Scholars will stay with host families of students from Beijing High School No. 4, experiencing daily living in China. The Scholars will explore Beijing’s ancient landmarks: Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, and other sacred historical sites, while observing the high-tech business and financial districts of the vast city. 
The group will then travel by bullet train to Suzhou, a small city known for its beautiful architecture, gardens, and canals. Suzhou represents a different dimension of Chinese culture, in comparison to Beijing, exposing the Hefner Scholars and Ambassadors to a comprehensive experience in China. After their return to the USA, the Scholars and Ambassadors will write a post-trip essay and give a presentation to their schools and community, in order to share the experience and promote the importance of cordial, cooperative relations between China and USA.
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