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A Mark Morris High School sophomore will spend this summer studying in Spain as a part of a competitive global leadership program sponsored by the state.

Angel Miller was selected as one of 15 Washington World Fellows. The fellowship was started in 2018 by Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib to give deserving students who may lack access to similar opportunities a chance to study abroad.

Through the fellowship, students attend a 5-credit Spanish language course taught by college professors at the University of Leon Language Center in Leon, Spain. Angel and the other fellows will leave for the 6-week course near the end of June.

Once they return, fellows complete two years of college readiness and leadership development programming, such as SAT and ACT prep classes and college tour visits.

The program is completely free for the students and their families.

To be considered for the program, students must be nominated by a teacher or school counselor, and complete a rigorous application process that includes written essays, a personal interview and a video submission.

“Our 2019 fellows demonstrate the motivation and drive to become future leaders,” Habib said in a prepared statement last week. “Their stories of personal determination, as well as their unique talents and skills, inspired us to trust them with the responsibility and privilege of being Washington World Fellows.”

Angel is the second Longview School District student to receive this honor. Last year, R.A. Long High School student and Kelso resident Ryleigh Treichel was selected in 2018 to be part of the first group of fellows.

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