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Wester Students Participate in Building Chinese-U.S. Relations (March, 2006)

Thirteen Wester Middle School sixth-graders recently attended a banquet at the Wyndham Anatole in Dallas where the guest speaker was the Chinese Ambassador to the United States. The 13 were chosen after participating in an essay contest. They were selected out of about 60 entries.

The students who attended were Sarah Qin, Shivani Patel, Angela Stolz, Taylor Raglin, Taylor Lindley, Taylor Williams, Karen Milich, Austin Conrad, Pranav Murthy, Hannah Green, Kyle Terry
Kaycie Lanpher, Annie Burcar.

Teachers Daniel Ledbetter and Stephanie Allen chaperoned the students and report that the students represented Frisco Independent School District with distinction. “Our kids acted superb. I got numerous comments on the kids’ behavior,” Ledbetter said.

The students said they enjoyed the event and learned more about the world. "I learned a lot about what China used to be like and how it is now. They have come a long way," said Karen Milich. "I never realized that we have it so much easier in the U.S. than they do in China. People here make so much more money for work than they do in China," noted Hannah Green

"I realized that China might be the next super power in the world and we need to maintain good relations with them. Otherwise, it could get really scary," observed Austin Conrad.

The ambassador spoke about the relationship between China and Taiwan, the future of Chinese Democracy and the importance of Chinese-U.S. relations.