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Student Ambassador Needs
Community's Help To Travel Abroad

by Amanda Smith

Amie Wimberly is a happy, well-adjusted 9th grader at Central High School in Macon, Georgia. A successful track star, Amie has accumulated over 60 medals, trophies, plaques and ribbons and has published a poem entitled What is Love? On the surface, she seems to be skilled and blessed, but it wasn't always that way.

When Amie was just two years old, her father shot and killed her mother and then killed himself. The murder/suicide of Willie B. "Pete" Wimberly of Twiggs County and his wife, Brenda Moseley-Wimberly of Bibb County in 1998 left Amie with no parents, but her Aunt Glenda (her mother's identical twin) and husband, Alonzo Woodford, Jr. took Amie into their home and raised her as one of their own. In 2005, tragedy struck again. Glenda's daughter, LaTesha Williams, was shot and killed by her ex-husband, leaving behind four young children. Again, Glenda took the children in and she and her husband are raising them.

Yet, amid all of this tragedy, Amie Wimberly shines through as a beacon of light. Recently, she was interviewed and accepted to participate as a member of the People to People Student Ambassador Program which will travel to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for three weeks on June 3, 2011. Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, People to People has launched several international programs including Sister Cities and Project Hope. During her trip abroad, Amie will meet with government officials to promote peace and understanding and will participate in educational activities while she stays with a host family.

An avid community volunteer, Amie participates in Help Other People Everyday; Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in April. She is also a tutor at Miller Middle School. As an ambassador abroad, she will experience new cultures and bring those experiences back to Macon.

Amie needs her community's help to make this trip possible. The total cost of the trip is $6,089 and a bank account has been set up in Amie's name at Robins Federal Credit Union. To make a donation, please make your check payable to Amie Wimberly or pay directly to People to People on their website, Include Amie's name and Delegate ID #10099816. There is a deadline of April 1, 2011 for all donations to insure that Amie can make the trip. All financial support is greatly appreciated.

elaine lucas
Amie Wimberly