Darlington School’s Veeka Malanchuk, a rising senior, will study Russian in Moldova for the summer through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. NSLI-Y is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Veeka, competitively selected out of over 3,300 applications from across the United States, is one of approximately 660 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish overseas this coming year. While in Moldova, Veeka will receive formal language instruction, live with a host family, and experience the local culture as part of an immersion environment.
NSLI-Y is part of a multi-agency U.S. Government initiative launched in 2006 to improve Americans’ ability to communicate in select critical languages, to advance international dialogue, and increase American economic global competitiveness. Many NSLI-Y alumni go on to pursue education and careers vital to U.S. national security and credit the program experience with helping them improve their academic, leadership, and cross-cultural communication skills.
A local family will be participating on ABC’s “Family Food Fight” starting this Thursday, June 20 at 9 p.m. Husband and wife, Tammy and Chris Nichols, from Paulding County, along with Tammy’s brother, Eddie Benefield from Cedartown, will be competing as Team Nichols. Eddie and Tammy grew up in Collard Valley in Cedartown. She has popular YouTube videos and Facebook group called Collard Valley Cooks dedicated to southern favorites.
From Tammy and Chris Nichols: “Don’t miss #TeamNichols in the ultimate #FamilyFoodFight competition on ABC on Thursday Nights starting June 20th. The show starts that night they will introduce the first 4 families and show their competition and vote one off. Then on the 27th, we will be in the next group of families and another family gets voted off. The show starts at 9pm Eastern Time. Please watch the first show so you will know who we are competing with!”