Paige Darrow and Mariah Serra, students from MMI Preparatory School, were selected to take part in a cultural program in China this summer. The students, who study Chinese at MMI, participated in the Ameson Chinese Elite Program (ACE), sponsored by the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation. ACE is an annual event that brings together hundreds of top students from the United States, China and Russia for a week of cultural exchange and lectures from high-level professionals in government and education. This year’s program was held on the campus of the Experimental High School attached to Beijing Normal University. Students also participated in a mock Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which was designed to give students a firsthand understanding of how policy decisions are made in the Chinese government. Before the program began, the students visited many historical sites in and around Beijing, including the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tienanmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Darrow, the daughter of John and Gertie Darrow of Hazleton, is planning to pursue minors in Chinese and Russian. Serra, the daughter of Jamie Serra, Sugarloaf, and Maureen Serra, Conyngham, intends to major in Chinese and pursue an international career. Both students are beginning their senior year at MMI. Christina Spencer is their Chinese instructor.