[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E205]
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                          LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP


                        HON. GERALD E. CONNOLLY

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  Mr. CONNOLLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Mr. Christopher 
Haberland, a resident of Herndon, Virginia, who is a recipient of the 
2013 Critical Language Scholarship.
   The Critical Language Scholarship Program was established in 2006 by 
the Department of State as part of an effort to train American young 
people in languages that are critical to our nation's global interests. 
For three months, attendees are immersed in an intensive cultural 
environment that teaches a new language, new culture, and new sense of 
self. The CLS program is remarkably competitive; in 2013 nearly 4,000 
students from around the country applied, but only 597 were accepted. 
Due to his impressive academic success, I am proud to say that 
Christopher Haberland was one of those chosen.
   Participants in the Critical Language Scholarship Program do more 
than simply enrich their own understanding and appreciation of a 
foreign culture. Their deep understanding of these critical regions 
ensures that our nation has capable individuals that can work on issues 
vital to the interests of the United States. Mr. Speaker, I urge my 
colleagues to join me in recognizing the service of Christopher 
Haberland, and in wishing him heartfelt congratulations on his