A Thomson student has been selected as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
Jessica Hill will spend six months studying music in a German-speaking country as part of the program, she told members of the Thomson Rotary Club during their weekly meeting last week.
Miss Hill, who grew up in McDuffie County, has been attending out-of-state music schools since she was 15 years old.
Now 20, Miss Hill attends the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and is excited about the prospect of heading overseas.
To be selected for the program, Miss Hill had to complete an extensive application -- a step she completed in both English and German.
"I wish you could have seen Jessica's application," said local Rotary Club President Dot Knox. "It was beautiful."
Miss Hill thanked Thomson and McDuffie County for their support of her studies, adding that the hardest part about leaving home at 15 was missing local boosters.
"You saw me through humiliating, embarrassing moments, but also through my successes," she said.
Mrs. Knox said she was thrilled to have a local participant in the program.
"She will be a marvelous ambassador," Mrs. Knox said.
Miss Hill is the daughter of Steve and Jo Albert Hill of Thomson.
More than 30,000 men and women from 100 nations have been awarded Ambassadorial Scholarships since 1947.