A TEEN’S TAKE: Chance Hawkins on traveling with People to People

“The People to People trip was a lifetime experience. It has been my dream to visit the countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland. I visited the beautiful cities of London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Belfast. I saw dozens of historical landmarks like the London Eye, Big Ben, Trinity College and the London Tower Bridge. I also connected with the citizens of these countries and my fellow ambassadors and leaders.”

Age: 16

School: McKinley Senior High School, sophomore

Parents: Freddie and Barbara Selders


Book: “The Cold War: A New History” by John Lewis Gaddis

TV show: “Family Guy”

Movie: “Hangover Part II”

Music: Hip hop

Hangout: School

Role model: President Barack Obama

Extra: Hawkins spent part of this summer as a student ambassador with People to People, a program designed to help participants learn about other cultures and have fun while meeting residents of the foreign countries visited. He also is a cadet sergeant in the Junior ROTC program at his school and a member of the Junior Usher Board at Greater King David Baptist Church.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor