By Charlie Warner
When 15-year-old Claire Davison stepped out on the stage of the auditorium at Caledonia Area Middle/High School last week to address a large group of students, she may have been a little nervous, “but not a lot,” as she put it.
The daughter of Tim and Sandy Davison of rural Hokah was making a presentation on the three-week trip she had taken last summer when she toured a number of World War II battle grounds and cemeteries through the People to People program.
Davison is just completing her sophomore year at La Crescent-Hokah High School. Although she admitted it was a little daunting, getting up in front of a bunch of kids she really didn’t know, this wasn’t the first time speaking in front of a large group.
Davison talked about her experiences touring Holland, Belgium, France, England, Wales and Ireland during her trip that started last June 11 and concluded on July 7. She said that the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Normandy Memorial Cemetery in England were two of her favorite places on the tour.
Davison had to be nominated to be a candidate for the People to People program. She then had to have three persons make recommendations for her and then completed a lengthy interview. She was one of 16 La Crosse-area students who were part of the tour, along with about 25 students from Florida.
She took notes during the tour and wrote an essay about the trip, which she was able to earn a high school credit. Another requirement is to make a number of speaking engagements, like the one she did at the local high school.
“I had a wonderful time and the People to People program is something I would recommend to anyone interested in traveling,” Davison said.
While just finishing up her sophomore year, Davison said she plans to study pre-law and then attend law school to become a lawyer. She’s not sure what college she will be attending, but she’s already got her major figured out.
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