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JESS ETHERIDGE
Last updated 05:00 16/01/2014
Lucy Parsonson
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A 17-year-old will represent Auckland at World War I centenary events held in France.

Lucy Parsonson of Beach Haven is one of 10 students chosen for the two-week ambassadors' tour in July, sponsored by the Embassy of France in New Zealand.

The Birkenhead College student entered the embassy's Shared Histories: Memoires heritees, histoires partagees event last year.

A French-written essay and spoken entry won her a place in the delegation.

Lucy says she began French language lessons at the age of 3 and picked it up again a decade later.

It is a "dream come true", she says, and thanks her French teacher Aaron Nolan for his help.

Lucy says she would love to pursue a career using her French skills and may work there.

A spokeswoman for the French Embassy says a relationship between New Zealand and French schools will be built between 2014 and 2018 to commemorate 100 years since WWI.

The 10 student ambassadors, representing New Zealand cities and regions, were chosen on leadership potential, communication and a strong interest in social, political and global issues, the embassy says.

"As the last of the war veterans have now left us it is essential that the next generation should be educated about this major episode of New Zealand's history so that it is never forgotten."

Students will visit significant battleground sites and stay with French families.

The trip is a joint initiative between the Ministries of Education of New Zealand and France.

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