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Senior earns summer scholarship to China

Published on March 31, 2017

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Senior Myles Samuel has a love for languages. His career goal is to be an interpreter for many languages, including Mandarin Chinese, American Sign Language, Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Japanese. This week he found out a dream of his came true: he will spend six weeks this summer in China learning Mandarin Chinese and increasing his knowledge of the culture there.

Myles received this scholarship through The National Security Language Initiative for Youth program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. This program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly-taught languages during summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

Thanks to Trinity's Pre-Professional Internship Program, Myles has experience being immersed in a language and helping others communicate. Myles interns at Just Like Home, a day facility with a focus on empowering people with disabilities to have a voice and to live and learn at their full potential. Most of the clients Myles works with are deaf or hearing-impaired. He has seen his understanding of American Sign Language grow as he uses the language each week to assist the people he serves.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to live in China and learn about the culture and the people there as my grasp of Mandarin Chinese grows," Myles said. "Because of my Internship at Just Like Home using ASL, I know the pleasure of learning language through immersion. I have a passion for giving people who don't have a voice a chance to speak out and have their voices heard."

Just Like Home director Ms. Tricia Frey has been very pleased with Trinity's Pre-Professional Internship Program and her Interns, Myles and sophomore Emily Zoeckler.

"Emily and Myles are focused, future-based, and kind," she said. "Through the Pre-Professional Internship Program, Trinity High School is educating the next leaders of our country."