Julie Ammons Wins Citizen Diplomacy Award
Julie Ammons won one of two grand prizes in the Share Your Story Challenge sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Contestants were asked to “share a brief, compelling personal narrative that demonstrates the benefits of international exchange and would inspire more people to go abroad.”
Ammons studied in Vladimir, Russia, with the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program this past summer. She graduated in December 2016 with a B.A. in Russian and a minor in history from the University of Montana, and she is returning to Russia for the spring semester with the American Councils Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program with a Title VIII Language Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State. Through her participation in CLS, Julie increased her Russian Oral Proficiency Interview score by three levels and had the experience of a lifetime sharing Russian poetry with new friends, peers, teachers, and her host family.
Julie plans to pursue graduate school for Russian language and literature. She is particularly interested in studying concepts of Russian identity and using this knowledge to help improve international dialogue between Russians and Americans.