Havering student selected to be UK ambassador for US trip
PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 May 2017
An Oxford University hopeful will be living in America this summer after being selected to be a UK ambassador for the Hummer Tuttle Foundation and Windsor Fellowship's UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme.
The programme, which began in 2009, will see 17-year-old Joseph Howes from Havering Sixth Form College, in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch, will stay with an American family in Chicago before delivering a speech to the UK ambassador to the US.
It is a terrific achievement for Hornchurch lad as he was just one of 12 student’s to be chosen out of hundreds applicants from schools and colleges all over London.
The news was a surprise to Joseph who decided to throw his hat in the ring for the trip because he had nothing to lose.
“I feel privileged but nervous to be chosen,” said Joseph. “I didn’t dream I would get in, but I applied because I thought, what can I lose if I don’t go for it?
“I’m really looking forward to the seminars and then the trip to America in August where I have to do a presentation in front of the UK Ambassador.”
The A level student, studying economics, history and government and politics at the college, will spend the first week of his trip in Vermont at the School for International Training before moving on to the windy city.
The Youth Dialogue Programme aims to develop students into well rounded and informed young adults and it will be another step towards Joesph’s dreams of studying at Oxford.
Joseph thanked the colleges CUBE (Careers, University, Business Links and Employment) manager Nikki Phelps for her help and encouragment.
“I’m grateful to the College and especially Nikki Phelps for informing me about this opportunity – I wouldn’t have known about it or applied if it wasn’t for the advice I was given in the CUBE.”
Nikki congratulated Joseph for being selected and said it will be a “life-changing” experience for the former Saunders School pupil.
“This is a rare opportunity for students to be involved in such a worthwhile and life-changing experience and it is a fantastic achievement that Joseph was selected.”