DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. — Sugar Bowl Academy celebrates the academic accomplishments of junior Conner Evans, who learned he is one of only 30 students nationwide to be awarded a U.S. Department of State-sponsored scholarship to represent the United States this summer in Cambodia.
“It is such incredible news that I got selected to be included in this great program and it is truly surreal,” said Evans. “I look forward to my travels to Asia and to sharing my experiences with the community.”
According to Evans, the American Youth Leadership Program with Cambodia is sponsored by the United States Department of State and managed by nonprofit Global Explorers. Fewer than 20 percent of the program’s applicants were awarded scholarships, which covers all airfare and program fees.-
The mission of Global Explorers, said Evans, “Is to inspire responsible global citizenship by sharing life-changing, immersing travel opportunities with students of all abilities and backgrounds.”
“The application process was very rigorous and included an interview round where I talked one-on-one with the program director.
“This program is meant to immerse students in a completely different culture and to learn about global issues. One of the main themes that we will be focusing on this trip is the environment, climate change, conservation, and sustainable development.-
“Throughout the trip, I will be traveling to multiple regions in Cambodia, from the capital of Phnom Penh to the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. Some of the activities that I will be involved in will be leadership and service activities, community site visits and visits to high schools and local cultural activities.-
“There are also pre and post-travel activities involved in the trip. Before I leave in June, I will participate in five video teleconferencing meetings learning about the country of Cambodia and responsible tourism.-
“After the trip, I will be involved in a service project in my community (Truckee) to share what I have learned about Cambodia and the environment,” said Evans.
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