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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:00 am

Honeywell has awarded 10 Ahwatukee Foothills students scholarships to join 418 others from 31 states and 31 countries in attending the Honeywell Scholars Presidential Classroom program March 2-8 in Washington D.C. Desert Vista High School students Jackson Jieming Du, Anthony Mariano, Alexander Ward and Monica Xiong, Horizon Honors High School student Caleb Yoseph, Mountain Pointe High School students Cody Pitcher, Angela Nawrocki, Nicholas Garcia and Brittany Cupps and home-schooled Ahwatukee Foothills resident David Godfrey were selected after a rigorous application and review process based on academic achievement and community involvement. The program is designed to help inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Godfrey, 16, is already involved with the YMCA Youth and Government program and serves as the National Honor Society treasurer. He said he is excited to find out how the federal government operates and hopes to gain the knowledge of how to successfully communicate with national elected officials, better understand the issues facing not only America but the world and then serve as a mentor to his peers living in Arizona. "There are many things that I could become when I'm older," Godfrey said. "Possibly a CPA with a law degree in taxation, or a doctor, or I could go into politics." Throughout the week in D.C. students will interact with members of Congress, presidential appointees, senior military officers and business leaders. They will have the opportunity to observe the U.S. Congress in action as well as visit historic sites, including the U.S. Supreme Court and Arlington National Cemetery. "Personally I am the most excited about the entire trip, but probably visiting Capitol Hill or listening to the seminars the most," Godfrey said. Additionally, students will attend a special reception at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and visit the National Academy of Sciences, Honeywell facilities at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Library of Congress and Walter Reed Institute of Research.

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