Student Ambassador of the Year

How many people do you know who have traveled the world by the age of 13? Well, in today's feature at five, we talk with a Tallahassee student who sees history lessons come to life.

Dana Lee Terry has been named a 2004 People to People Student Ambassador of the Year. "I had to pinch myself a few times. Then I was real excited, I couldn't stop bouncing off walls."

Started in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower, People to People Student Ambassadors Program gives elementary, middle, and high school students the opportunity to travel overseas.

Dana's essay from last summer's trip to Europe won her the national award. In her essay, Dana writes, "Every day I made it my mission to show the Europeans the real America."

"I am so excited and proud of my daughter that she's been selected as National Student Ambassador of the Year. This is a very high honor, and it says just how special Tallahassee is."

As a Student Ambassador of the Year, Dana gets to go to next year's trip to Australia, free of charge.

"I've always wanted to go to Australia. I love art so I thought it'd be really cool to learn about the Aborigine art and it'd be really awesome to swim in the Barrier Reefs. I love animals, Australia has lots of animals."

Student Ambassadors of Tallahassee had the opportunity to meet Tallahassee Mayor John Marks earlier this year, and Dana says she hopes to meet Florida Governor Jeb Bush soon.

There were four students for the National Student Ambassador of the Year Award. Dana Terry is the only middle school girl in the United States with the honor.