The History of the Houstoun Waring Student Ambassador Program
Houstoun Waring Student Ambassador Program was founded by Dr. Ken Coddington, past president of the Littleton-based, Bega/Littleton
Sister City Exchange Inc., as a way of sharing the Sister City experience and providing a unique travel opportunity to the
high school age youth of Littleton. The fund raising necessary for the next student ambassador visit begins with an
auction night held during the current delegation visit. At the first auction, Ken literally auctioned the shirt off
of his back! The auction proceeds raised in Bega, Australia are given to Littleton and visa versa. Since the program
founding there have been three student ambassadors from Littleton.
During the past four
Littleton delegations to Bega, New South Wales, Australia (1996, 2001,2006 and 2011) the Bega/Littleton Sister City Exchange,
Inc. has provided this special travel opportunity for a Littleton youth. During their trip, each of the student ambassadors
has had the opportunity to share his/her knowledge of Littleton, with the people of Bega. The next student
ambassador will be selected in the Fall of 2015, and will accompany the 12th Littleton Delegation to Bega in March of
2016. The student ambassador will stay with host families during their 10 day official visit to Bega.
The delegation dates will be from mid to late March into early April, traditionally during Littleton Public
School's Spring Break.
The program is open to all high school
students in good scholastic standing, who are:
1) sophomores or juniors
in the delegation year; AND
2) whose permanent residence
is located within the boundaries of the Littleton Public School District; OR
3) attend a Littleton high school. The student does not have to attend a Littleton Public School, but must
be currently enrolled in a program that leads to an accredited high school diploma.
The student's parents or guardian must give permission for the student to accompany the Littleton Delegation to Bega, NSW,
Australia, in March for a period of approximately two weeks. The student must be eligible for a valid passport.
The student chosen as Student Ambassador will receive an all expense paid trip
to Bega, NSW, Australia. The student in second place will be the First Alternate, should the first student be unable
to make the trip, and will receive a $200 U.S. Savings Bond.
Students interested in learning
more about the program may contact a member of the Bega/Littleton Sister City Exchange, Inc. Check with this website
during the Spring semester of 2010 for an application. You may also watch for fliers that will be available in
all three of the Littleton High Schools counseling offices during the Spring semester of 2015.