From The Charleston Gazette

Liesa Kimelaskas, a senior English and chemistry major from Hendricks, Tucker County, will become West Virginia Wesleyan College’s 13th Fulbright Scholar.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Kimelaskas applied and was accepted into the program’s English Teaching Assistantship program. She will be an English teaching assistant at Gymnázium Viliama Paulínyho-Tótha, a high school in Martin, Slovakia, for 10 months.

Kimelaskas will take part in an orientation process beginning the second week of September in Bratislava, as well as a mid-year conference the first week of February.

During her time at Wesleyan, Kimelaskas has served as an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor, worked as a Writing Center consultant and assisted with the College’s literary magazine “Vandalia.” She is an active member of Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honorary. Kimelaskas will be inducted into Alpha Sigma Pi (The National Society of Leadership and Success) and Sigma Tau Delta (The International English Honor Society).

A first-generation college student, Kimelaskas was able to experience Florence, Italy as part of the Honors Program during her sophomore year.