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Brainerd student recognized as Inspirational Merit Scholar

Amber Battin of Brainerd was recently named a People to People International (PTPI) 2012 Inspirational Merit Scholar. Battin was chosen for the award based on her outstanding display of courage, leadership and inspirational qualities in the face of life’s often difficult challenges.

Battin is one of only 12 students in the United States to receive the prestigious honor. As a result of the award, Battin will receive $2,000 toward participation as a delegate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program. Ambassador Programs has served as PTPI’s global educational travel provider for nearly 50 years. Battin will take part in a program that is designed to enhance cultural understanding by creating opportunities for interaction with people of different cultures and backgrounds.

“People to People delegation leaders and area directors from throughout the United States nominated those students who inspire their peers, leaders and parents through extraordinary actions. Amber serves as an inspiration to others and we are proud to recognize individuals of this caliber. We know that she will serve as an exemplary ‘goodwill ambassador,’ representing her family, school and community,” said Mary Jean Eisenhower, President and CEO of PTPI in a press release.

Describing Battin on the scholarship nomination form, her delegation leader talked about her involvement in various clubs at school, her community service work, her outstanding grades in both the high school and college classes she has completed, and her desire to learn more about all parts of the world.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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