Dalhart student selected for People to People Program
Waylon Bucher, a student at Dalhart Jr. High School, has been accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program, an educational travel program founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bucher will explore Japan for 14 days this summer as a member of the Amarillo Area delegation.
By participating in the Land of the Rising Sun itinerary, Bucher can earn academic credit while getting to know the people, culture and history of the places visited. He will take part in a variety of activities such as a community service project, visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices in Shinjuku, investigating the Meiji Shrine, trekking at Mt. Fuji, try out an Onsen in Hakone, explore the Takayama Jinya, stay with a Japanese family in Ishikawa and experience their daily life including school for three days, visit the Peace Memorial Museum at Hiroshima, and explore the shrines, museums and temples in Kyoto, the former capital of Japan and center of politics and culture for 1,100 years.
Acceptance into the Student Ambassador Program is an honor. After being nominated, Bucher submitted letters of recommendation and successfully completed an interview process. Before departing, he will attend several orientation meetings with program leaders and fellow delegates to learn about Japan and prepare for the journey. Bucher will travel under the leadership of Michelle Sanders and Patty Deshotel, teachers and delegate leaders from Amarillo. The group will be met upon arrival by a local delegation manager who coordinates the cultural and recreational excursions and is familiar with local customs.
President Eisenhower founded People to People during his presidency in 1956 with citizen leaders including entertainer Bob Hope, Olympic champion Jesse Owens, amusement entrepreneur Walt Disney and Hallmark Cards founder Joyce Hall. Having served as a military commander, Eisenhower believed that ordinary citizens of different nations could make a difference where governments could not. People to People Student Ambassador Programs is based in Spokane, Washington, and has been coordinating educational travel for over 50 years.