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Phelps ACE High School Student Shares Stage with First Lady

Lyric Carter, a junior at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering High School and second year Chinese language student, did a fabulous job as the only high school participant on a student panel on China study abroad, held at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium on January 19, 2011.

Her panel, moderated by Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, followed inspiring remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama on the importance of young people studying abroad and engaging with other people around the world. Mrs. Obama also spoke specifically about the “100,000 Strong” Initiative, a national effort to increase the number and diversity of young people studying in China.

Lyric Carter was one of six DCPS students selected to participate in the summer 2010 Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA) China Scholars Program. Lyric spent six weeks in Beijing studying Chinese language (Mandarin), Chinese culture, visiting businesses, touring sites of historic importance, and engaging in community service. This fully funded program is partially supported through the US State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth.

After high school, Lyric plans to attend college as a pre-law major with a focus on International Law.

Last month, Lyric testified before the DC State Board of Education on the importance of global education, Chinese language learning, and study abroad for DCPS students.  It was on the basis of that presentation that she was selected by the US State Department for this great honor.

Watch WUSA-9’s story on Lyric.

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