September 15, 2011 UPDATE:
We last heard from Hannah before she left for China to study Chinese for 6 weeks through the NSLI-Y (National Security Language Initiative for Youth) a program run by the US State Department. Now that she has returned to the United States, she has sent along these pictures and this reflection:
"I truly had an amazing experience there, and I had the opportunity to try new things and push my boundaries just like at Island School but in a slightly different way. Even while in China Island School was still in my heart. I wanted to send along 2 pictures of me that I thought may be nice for the Island School Blog. The first is of me on the Great Wall sporting an Island School t-shirt (I am small in the picture but I think you can still see the mutton snapper). The second is a picture of me in the Beijing Hanban Center which is an organization committed to making the Chinese language and culture teaching resources and services available to the world. There I am standing next to the beautiful Bahamian Flag."
July 19, 2011
One of our very own alumni, Hannah Leeman of Fall 2010 will be spending this summer studying in the country of China. She was selected for a fully funded scholarship to travel and tour China with 20 other Maine students for 6 weeks. It is a language intensive trip through the NSLI-Y (National Security Language Initiative for Youth) program run through the State Department. Hannah has spent the past 3 weeks studying Mandarin Chinese with the Bangor Chinese School at Husson University preparing herself for this trip and leaves for Beijing this week. While Hannah is in China she will be keeping a blog. We recommend taking a peek to see what Hannah is up to!
Good luck, Hannah!