Billig selected to world forum

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:25

WASHINGTON - Christian Billig, grandson of Michael and Eleanor Billig of Milford, was recently selected to participate as a delegate for the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. Billig will join a select group of students in Washington D.C. Sept. 11 to 17 to earn high school credit while studying national and world leadership. As a student leader, Billig will examine the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. He will investigate key museums of the Smithsonian Institute, visit heritage sites such as Colonial Williamsburg, and study international relations at a foreign embassy. He will also delve into the inner-workings of the U.S. government on Capitol Hill, take part in small-group discussions and activities, and earn academic credit. President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People in 1956. He believed that if people from different cultures could come together in peace and friendship, so eventually would nations. Programs like Sister Cities, Project HOPE and Pen Pals, and the Student/Sports Ambassador Program were created by People to People, and have become independent programs since then. Billig is the son of Eric and Kay Billig of Colorado Springs, Colo., where he is a sixth grader at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy. Billig is an active member of the Civil Air Patrol (U.S. Air Force Auxiliary) at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. and plays football for Skyview Middle School in Colorado Springs. Billig was a Principal’s Honor Roll student at New Freedom Christian School in York, Pa.