Seventh grader to travel to Ecuador as student ambassador

A Dracut seventh grader is one of three students from the area who will be traveling to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands this summer as part of the People to People Ambassador Program. Zarek Merza, a student at Dracut Junior High School, was nominated for the trip by his teachers to participate in the program, which was first started during the Eisenhower administration to encourage international travel by Americans. During his July tour, Merza and two fellow student travelers from Chelmsford will be among a group of 35 from Massachusetts. Merza also traveled to Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan last summer. Students in fifth grade through college are eligible for People to People, and scholarships are available to help with tuition.