Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 26, 2003

Howard Lake youth to visit South Pacific this June

By Lynda Jensen

Feeding wild dolphins and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef are a few things on Katie Jagodzinski's list of things to do in June.

The teenager will be visiting the South Pacific as part of the Junior People to People program for three weeks, along with a delegation of others mainly from St. Cloud, she said.

The junior program ranges in grades from fifth to eighth grade. Jagodzinski is 14, with the youngest in her party being 11, she said.

Katie is the daughter of Bruce and Sue Jagodzinski of Howard Lake.

This is the second time she's ever boarded a plane; her first time being to California at the age of 6, she said.

"I'm not worried about the flight," she said ­ and terrorist activity is the last thing on her mind, too.

What she's really thinking of is seeing her first kiwi bird, and meeting people there, she said.

First, the group will visit New Zealand, and then go to Australia.

They will get to see where the Lord of the Rings was filmed, visit the Maori and Aborigine tribes, and toboggan in the sand, which is just like surfing, she said.

She has studied hard about the culture and geography.

For example, one of the books she uses is the Explore Guide supplied by People to People (shown).

It summarizes information about the country, including semantics of the language. The following is an excerpt:

"While the national language of Australia is English, it might take a day or two to get used to the Australian flair with the language. Australians use many colorful idioms and have the tendency to shorten words to one syllable. Here are a few words that might be useful in your travels:

facilities or loo toilet

mad crazy (not angry)

mate friend

never never the Outback

nipper small child

she'll be all right don't worry

station ranch

track country road

tucker food

bathers/togs swimsuit

biscuit cookie

chemist pharmacist

chips French fries

corroboree Aboriginal dance

daks trousers

dinkum or fair dinkum


Jagodzinski has been invited every year to attend the junior program for the past three years. She declined, until now.

She will be earning credit toward high school by attending the program.

Jagodzinski is an eight grade student at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school district.

The program is a non-profit organization started in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower, with the purpose of promoting "peace through understanding" among countries.

The purpose of the program is to promote international goodwill.

Today, President Eisenhower's granddaughter, Mary, serves as chief executive officer and executive vice president.

For more information, contact: Kevin Zak, 1254 Virginia St. N, St. Paul, MN 55117, phone (651) 487-6301; or the program office at: People to People Student Ambassador Program, Dwight D. Eisenhower Building, Spokane, WA 99202, phone (509) 534-0430

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