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Congressman To Lead Educational Outreach Program to Nicaragua

December 13, 1987

WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. Rep. Amo Houghton, R-N.Y., will lead a delegation of western New York college presidents to Nicaragua next month to select eight students who will get scholarships to study in the Empire State.

Houghton, who has never before been to Nicaragua, will lead the group of nine college presidents on the trip to Managua, Jan. 7-10.

Funding for the trip will come exclusively from private sources, said Conrad Stemski, an aide to Houghton.

The student selection process will be overseen by Violetta de Chamorro, publisher of La Prensa, a daily newspaper in Managua that opposes the current Sandinista government, and her son-in-law, Antonio Lacayo, according to Houghton. La Prensa, which had been shut down by the Sandinistas, was recently allowed to resume publication under the Central American peace accord worked out under Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.

Each student would attend a New York college on scholarship for two years, Stemski said.

Houghton said he hopes the program would help counterbalance communist efforts in Nicaragua.

″The best argument for democracy is not words, it is simply an exposure to our way of life,″ Houghton said.

The college presidents who plan to accompany Houghton on the trip are: Paul Benke of Jamestown Community College; Donald Hangen of Corning Community College; Arthur Kirk of Keuka College; Thomas Meier of Elmira College; Daniel Chamberlain of Houghton College; John Hunter of Alfred State College; Edward Coll of Alfred University; the Rev. Mathias Doyle of St. Bonaventure University; and Garry DeRose of the College Center of the Finger Lakes.

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