USA Pavilion Expo 2012

Student Ambassadors

USA Pavilion 2012 Announces Student Ambassadors for World Expo 2012, Yeosu, Republic of Korea

American Students Selected from 31 Universities and Colleges from Across the United States

April 24, 2012 – Working to engage youth at the World Expo in Yeosu, Korea, USA Pavilion 2012, the organization charged with designing, building, and operating the USA Pavilion,  announced today the 40 American college students from 19 states and the District of Columbia who will represent the United States as Student Ambassadors.  Serving from May through August 2012, the Student Ambassadors will interact with Pavilion guests in many capacities, including greeting visitors, government officials, and dignitaries and providing administrative, protocol, and programming support.

The 2012 Student Ambassadors will receive one college credit and participate in a course entitled Making Culture Visible While Studying Abroad.  All Student Ambassadors are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are proficient in Korean.  The students were selected from a diverse group of applicants by the official USA Pavilion university partner, the University of Virginia.

“The USA Pavilion 2012 Student Ambassadors represent the hopeful and determined spirit of the American people,” said USA Pavilion Chief Spokesperson Philippe Cousteau.  “Together their unique perspectives and experiences will help bring the United States alive for visitors from Korea and around the globe.”

“With more than 60 percent of the world’s population under the age of 30, we must engage today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders,” said Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.  “Leading our people-to-people diplomacy efforts at the World Expo, our Student Ambassadors showcase the best of America’s young people.”

“I commend these young Americans for their willingness to serve as a bridge between our two nations,” remarked Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell.  “They are playing an important part in further strengthening the bond between the United States and our important partner and ally, the Republic of Korea.”

The USA Pavilion 2012 Student Ambassadors

Peter ParkPeter Parkfrom Norwood, NJ attending Syracuse University
Suzie OhSuzie Ohfrom Richmond, VAattending University of Virginia
Brittany AlexanderBrittany Alexanderfrom Canandiagua, NYattending George Washington University
Joshua GriseJoshua Grisefrom Lexington, KYattending Pitzer College
Yo Han HongYo Han Hongfrom Fairfax, VAattending University of Virginia
Latoya JacksonLatoya Jacksonfrom Memphis, TNattending Washington University
Anne ClayAnne Clayfrom Tempe, AZattending Arizona State University
Dana DDana D'Ameliofrom Valley College, NYattending Harvard College
Jenna MorrisonJenna Morrisonfrom Lake Stevens, WAattending Everett Community College
Emilie WardripEmilie Wardripfrom Nelson, MNattending St. Cloud State University
Esther WeonEsther Weonfrom La Mirada, CAattending University of Southern California
Brittney YoungBrittney Youngfrom Ladoga, INattending Indiana University-Bloomington
Brisbane AsekomeBrisbane Asekomefrom Farmington Hills, MIattending Michigan State University
Bernadette AsuelimeBernadette Asuelimefrom Loma Linda, CAattending Claremont McKenna College
Sara DavidsonSara Davidsonfrom Bethesda, MDattending Bryn Mawr College
Marisal DobbinsMarisal Dobbinsfrom Memphis, NYattending Smith College
Chelsea GannonChelsea Gannonfrom Valatie, NYattending Hobart & William Smith College
Rachel GellerRachel Gellerfrom Fairfax, VAattending George Mason University
Symone GosbySymone Gosbyfrom Washington, DCattending Smith College
Erin HaneyErin Haneyfrom Galesville, WIattending University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Eunice JeonEunice Jeonfrom Wilmette, ILattending University of Illinois at Chicago
Grace JhoGrace Jhofrom Las Vegas, NVattending University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Michael JohMichael Johfrom Harwinton, CTattending University of Connecticut - Storrs
Sangjun KimSangjun Kimfrom Harrington Park, NJattending George Washington University
Sean KimSean Kimfrom Annandale, VAattending University of Virginia
Madison LeeMadison Leefrom Charlottesville, VAattending University of Virginia
Sarah LeeSarah Leefrom San Rafael, CAattending University of Pennsylvania
Yvonne MayYvonne Mayfrom Minneapolis, MNattending University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Susan McClannahanSusan McClannahanfrom Prairie Village, KSattending University of Kansas
Audrey OkAudrey Okfrom Centreville, VAattending Cornell Univeristy
Eric ParkEric Parkfrom Santa Fe Springs, CAattending University of Southern California
Hana ParkHana Parkfrom Lisle, ILattending American University
Grace ParkGrace Parkfrom Marietta, GAattending Vanderbilt University
Sarah SlagleSarah Slaglefrom Mesa,AZattending Arizona State University
Joshua StoneJoshua Stonefrom Fredericksburg, VAattending University of Virginia
Ellen TruchonEllen Truchonfrom Panama City, FLattending Florida State University
George VourderisGeorge Vourderisfrom Jamaica Estates, NYattending Hunter College
Joyce YoonJoyce Yoonfrom Scarsdale, NYattending Columbia University
So-Jung YounSo-Jung Younfrom Falls Church, VAattending College of William and Mary
Bjorn SchwarzenbachBjorn Schwarzenbachfrom Hawthorne Woods, ILattending Seton Hall University

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