Edina Student Awarded Competitive Immersion Scholarship

After studying Chinese for 11 years, Edina High School 10th grader Eliza Price was ready to fully immerse herself in the culture for six weeks. Price pushed through a yearlong application to the National Security Language Initiative for Youth program, a national immersion program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. She competed against 5,400 students and was one of 15 freshman accepted.

Staying with a host family in Kunming, China, she took part in cultural activities and studied the language for four hours a day. The program is designed to improve language skills and experience the culture.

“I’m almost relieved,” Price says. “I’ve been studying the language and culture my entire life and now I got to experience it first hand. I’m ecstatic. I’m thrilled.”