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Wheaton student awarded Fulbright

Skye Paine, a Wheaton College senior majoring in French and art history, has been awarded a Fulbright to teach English in a French secondary school.

Skye Paine, a Wheaton College senior majoring in French and art history, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in a French secondary school. A resident of Belmont, Mass., he is one of only 35 college students nationwide to win a Fulbright this year.

Paine, who spent a semester of his junior year studying in Paris, is looking forward to developing his teaching skills. ''I've studied French for a number of years,'' Paine explained. ''I didn't really get passionate about it until I got to college and realized there were very interesting ways to learn a foreign language. I guess you could say I want to be a different kind of English teacher and teach my students to learn a new language in an unconventional way.''

Paine has also taken an unconventional approach to his study of French language and culture: the honors thesis he is completing for his major in French details his interest in a French rap music group, I AM.

The Fulbright Program was created in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation supporting the program, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. Today the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier scholarship program, enabling U.S. students, artists and other professionals to benefit from unique resources in every corner of the world. The Fulbright Program is funded by an annual Congressional appropriation and contributions from other participating countries.

Paine will spend nine months teaching in France, most likely in a rural area. After he completes his experience abroad, he plans to return to the U.S. and head right back to the classroom. ''I'll probably turn it around and look for a position teaching French in an American high school,'' Paine says. ''The way I see it, the challenge will be similar in both countries: to gain the respect of my students and to encourage them to love what they are studying.''