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East Meets West for Oviedo High Diplomat

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This summer, Oviedo High School junior Payton Bogert had the unique opportunity to live for ten days at Princeton University and serve as a High School Diplomat during a cultural exchange program with students from Japan. Payton was one of 40 American students chosen nationwide to live with 40 Japanese high schoolers. The young women spent their time introducing each other to cultural celebrations from each country and discussing world even

This summer, Oviedo High School junior Payton Bogert had the unique opportunity to live for ten days at Princeton University and serve as a High School Diplomat during a cultural exchange program with students from Japan. Payton was one of 40 American students chosen nationwide to live with 40 Japanese high schoolers. The young women spent their time introducing each other to cultural celebrations from each country and discussing world events.

“Our friendships were enriched by celebrations,” says Payton. “We were all pushed by each other to reach beyond what we normally would do, to grab every opportunity, to let our hair down, and to have fun without fearing rejection. This cross-cultural exchange program is transformative.”

High-school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for next summer’s High School Diplomat program by visiting HighSchoolDiplomats.com. Applications are due by January 8, 2017.

Payton, meanwhile, is pursuing a new incredible opportunity to build on her High School Diplomat experience. Of the 40 American students who participated in last summer’s program, 20 will be chosen to visit Japan for up to three weeks to continue the cultural exchange. Best of luck to Payton as she applies for her next adventure!

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