Two students from Chicago, joined another seventeen students from across America to spend two weeks in and around London this summer (June 18-30, 2012). The British Summer Studies Program, now in its sixteenth year, is part of a longstanding program offered by ACS International Schools to allow American students to explore the lasting impact of British culture, visiting various sites of cultural and historical interest whilst boarding at ACS Cobham International School.
Adriana Martinez, aged 17 from Walter Payton High school in Chicago and Dijonnais Thomas, aged 17 from Queen of Peace High School, were awarded scholarships to attend the summer school by ACS International Schools and the British American Business Council (BABC) Chicago as part of a joint commitment to rewarding academically gifted and deserving students by offering them both culturally and academically enriching opportunities.
Adriana, an honor student with dreams of becoming a Veterinarian, participates in a program through the Anti-Cruelty Society that exposes students to the world of veterinary medicine through hands on activities, and advanced math and science courses. She hopes that the BSSP will be an opportunity to meet students her age from around the country and learn more about students in other countries. Dijoinnais, a Sophomore at Queen of Peace High School, is active with the Alsip Park District, the Poverty and Hunger Task Force and tutors at the Sacrament Youth Center.
“What a great group of British Studies students were selected, sponsored and sent over to Cobham,” said Craig Worthington, Academic Dean and leader of the program. “All 19 of the students showed keen interest and involvement and bonded well. The two weeks literally flew by!”
BABC Chicago partners Horizons-for-Youth to choose the students who will participate in this program. American Airlines generously donated the round trip air transportation for the students.
Ashley Allen, High School Program Director at Horizons-for-Youth, commented:
“Many of the students attending the British Summer Studies Program have not travelled abroad before, so it is a great experience for them to witness first hand some of the cultural highlights of the UK. The program aims to be educational, but also fun, providing students with the opportunity to visit sites that have shaped the evolution of British history, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Imperial War Museum. I am sure that a number of the students will also be excited to visit Westminster Abbey, the location of Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s much talked about wedding, last year.”
Funds to sponsor the program are raised at the BABC Chicago’s annual British Christmas Gala. The students will be invited to the BABC Chicago annual British Christmas gala on December 14 at Café Brauer to share a few highlights of their trip and experiences.