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Montevideo senior will visit Paraguay through program

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MONTEVIDEO --A Montevideo High School senior will participate as a youth ambassador to South America this summer, the Washington-based nonprofit Partners of the Americas has announced.

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Taylor Brendmoen, a senior at Montevideo High School, will travel to Paraguay for one month on an all-expenses-paid program aimed at bringing youth together to build understanding between countries, increasing leadership skills, and preparing youth to be positive agents of change through service. Brendmoen's application highlighted her strong work ethic, involvement in student government and volunteer experience with numerous local organizations outside of school, according to Partners of the Americas. She has been studying Spanish for four years.

A panel in Washington selected the winners from across the country. Three Minnesotans were chosen.

"I know that Taylor will represent our community with enthusiasm, intelligence and goodwill in Paraguay," said Patrick Moore of Montevideo.

He serves on the board of the Minnesota-Uruguay Partners and encouraged Brendmoen to apply for the program. Financially underwritten by the U.S. Department of State and organized by Partners of the Americas, the Youth Ambassador program also brought six students from Uruguay to Montevideo and Stillwater in April of this year.

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