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This Dawson County High School senior is in the running for a national language program
Dessie Durham UNG language program
Photo by UNG photographer Peggy Cozart. Dessie Durham is a semifinalist for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). The program funds high school students to spend up to a year abroad studying a critical language.
Dessie Durham wanted to challenge herself academically, so she dual-enrolled in classes at the University of North Georgia (UNG). Since then she has excelled and will earn her associate degree in May, before earning her high school diploma, according to a news release from the university.