Student with Local Ties Chosen as International Ambassador
Madelyn “Mimi” Pemberton, a seventh grader at Galax Middle School in Galax, Virginia, was chosen to represent the United States in June 2013 on a trip with People to People Ambassador Programs. This organization was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to foster good relations between countries by using youth ambassadors. She was part of a delegation comprised of youth from the Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina areas. Mimi traveled to London; Normandy, France; and Paris. While in London, she visited the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Magna Carta Memorial, Warwick Castle, Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Oxford University School for Girls, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Her delegation also had the honor of meeting with a member of the British Parliament. The group of youth ambassadors crossed the English Channel and headed to Normandy where they participated in a ceremony on Omaha Beach to honor those American soldiers who gave their lives serving our country during that pivotal battle of WWII. Once in Paris, they visited the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, L’Hotel national des Invalides (which houses Napoleon’s tomb), and finally Disneyland Paris. She spent several months of preparation learning about the different cultures and customs of these countries as well as their language and currency. She will once again travel with People to People in the summer of 2014 to Italy, Vatican City, Sicily, and Greece. Mimi is the daughter of Art and Wendi Pemberton of Galax, Virginia and the granddaughter of Millie and the late Jack Pemberton of Morristown.