Four students from T.C. Williams High School and two students from St. Stephens and St. Agnes School traveled to Alexandrias sister city Dundee, Scotland, last week for the Dundee Youth Festival, Alexandria City Public Schools officials said.
Ariana Meltzer-Bruhn, Harry Lester Schonberger, Maeve Bracken and Briana Land of T.C .Williams and Sarah Allen and Bianka Michalski of St. Stephens went to Alexandrias sister city with Mayor Bill Euille, Rose Boyd, John Chapman, Fredericka Dunn, Brad Brown, Mark Aleckson and Laura Aleckson on the city-sponsored trip.
We all very much enjoyed our recent trip to Dundee, Scotland, for the annual twinning of their four international sister cities, including their Annual Youth Festival, Euille said. I was like a proud father to have six outstanding and exceptional students and their two teacher chaperones as part of our youth delegation to join us on the trip, as they were well received by their hosts and others as they represented not only Alexandria, but also the United States of America as outstanding ambassadors.
The students met with members of the Dundee City Council, including Lord Provost John Letford, according to the ACPS website. The students held a conference discussing various topics, including the availability of sport and leisure, the global economy and education in the 21st century. The students were joined by fellow delegates representing Dundees other sister cities from Orleans, France, and Wurzburg, Germany.
Throughout the week, the group got to explore and learn more about their sister city of Dundee. Overall, the delegates had a life-changing experience by meeting new people and learning about new cultures.
This is the greatest trip of my life, Land said. I got to meet so many people from different cultures. The delegates have all said, that given the opportunity, all would return to Dundee in a heartbeat.