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Bollinger to attend JCamp

West Fargo High School student Elsa Bollinger was notified last week that she was chosen as one of only 42 high school students to attend the 2013 Asian American Journalists Association's (AAJA) prestigious JCamp. Bollinger is the first student from North Dakota to be chosen to attend JCamp, since its inception in 2001. There have been more than 450 graduates since the program began.

AAJA's 2013 JCamp will be held at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The six-day program will be held June 21 to 26, and will conclude with an all-star reception at the American Society of News Editors convention.

The multicultural group, selected from hundreds of applicants, represents some of the finest teenage reporters, photographers and broadcasters in the country. All chosen participants attend at no charge.

"JCamp is one of AAJA's signature programs that teaches students how to be better journalists and better leaders," said AAJA President Paul Cheung.

News JCamp is able to offer free tuition and cover the students' expenses thanks to generous contributions, including The Annie E. Casey Foundation. "JCamp gives students the confidence to test out their own professional aspirations in a rich and supportive learning environment," said Patrick T. McCarthy, president and CEO of The Annie E. Casey Foundation. "We are especially pleased to support JCamp because we believe strongly in giving young people a voice, increasing their opportunities for future leadership and making a strong connection to their communities.