Catherine Valek was accepted into the prestigious Fulbright Program. She was one of 10 fellowship recipients selected nationwide to represent the U.S. and to foster cultural exchange in the Czech Republic for almost a year.

While overseas, she taught and prepared 20 lessons a week to Czech business academy students, created and led language and culture clubs four times a week for students and teachers with beginner to advanced English speaking skills, and spoke at school functions about working and living abroad and organized events featuring American food, music and traditions.

Valek, of Ennis, is a student at the University of Texas, College of Pharmacy. U.S. Rep. Barton, R-Ennis/Arlington, requested the meeting to congratulate her on the honor of serving as a Fulbright Fellow