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Congratulations to our 2011 US Youth Ambassadors!


Partners of the Americas, together with the US Department of State, is pleased to announce the 2011 US Youth Ambassadors and Mentors to Antigua, Chile, Ecuador, and Paraguay.


US Youth Ambassadors and Mentors to Antigua:

Wilhelm Sieck Goodland, KS

Isaiah Tony Wilson - Rochester, NY

Xavier Peterson - Rochester, NY

Faith Bailey - Rochester, NY

Frankie Bailey Rochester, NY

Jennessa Lynn Runia - Stillwater, MN

Nicole Josephine Weller Stillwater, MN

Jerred Marley Coulibaly Columbia, MO

Samantha Mae Anderson Ogden, UT

Lingga Adidharma Laramie, WY

Robert Davis (Mentor) Chaska, MN


US Youth Ambassadors to Chile:

Shawnice Rodriguez Wilmington, NC

Michelle Peedin Hillsborough, NC

Nicolas Tadeo Watcher - San Antonio, TX

Tori Anne Brock San Antonio, TX

Erik Rios Helotes, TX

Nancy Jo Eyre - Vancouver, WA

Hailey Jones - Vancouver, WA

Sebastian Pilarski Vancouver, WA

Hope Elizabeth Johnson - Laramie, WY

Alanna Shea Elder Laramie, WY

Rebecca Brazzale (Mentor) Cheyenne, WY

Richard Whitmore (Mentor) Charlotte, NC


US Youth Ambassadors to Ecuador:

Renwick E. Hudson Fayetteville, AR

Morgan Wood - Boise, ID

Mary Kelton Vance - Boise, ID

Maeve Strausser - Boise, ID

Megan Suitts Boise, ID

Nora Castrejon Chicago, IL

Peter Green Apex, NC

Haley Pratt Chapel Hill, NC

Mackenzie Claire Boulden Murray, UT

Jace Nofear Davis Kaysville, UT

Sharon Krueger (Mentor) Fayetteville, AR

Emily Williams (Mentor) Boise, ID


US Youth Ambassadors to Paraguay:

Courtney Rachel Swanson Woodbury, MN

Brendan Joseph Stermer Montevideo, MN

Casey Lynne Casella Eagan, MN

Casie Spangler Tecumseh, KS

Chandler Williams Newton, KS

Ana Balmiero Lawrence, KS

Benjamin Bolte - Vancouver, WA

Kathryn Cronin - Vancouver, WA

Shelby Massingale - Vancouver, WA

Monica Sobolewski Vancouver, WA

Lidia Sorensen (Mentor) St. Paul, MN

Lauren Shepard (Mentor) Denver, CO


The exchange will bring together 40 youth and 7 mentors from 32 communities across the country to represent the U.S. and learn firsthand about Antigua, Chile, Ecuador, and Paraguay from July 24 to August 14, 2011. This diverse group of U.S. Youth Ambassadors and Adult Mentors were selected from a highly qualified applicant pool and through a competitive application process.



The Youth Ambassador Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Embassies and Consulates in participating countries, and is administered by Partners of the Americas.