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BGA graduate tours China with National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

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Chapman Finn

Recent BGA grad Chapman Finn has just returned from a trip to China. He was one of only 12 kids selected for the program.

Recent Battle Ground Academy graduate Chapman Finn was part of a prestigious two-week study tour to China conducted by the nonprofit National Committee on U.S.-China Relations that was held from July 11-26.

Finn, who was also named a Presidential Scholar during his senior year, was one of just 12 of America’s top students selected to participate.  

The Student Leaders Exchange Program chose participants from Presidential Scholars and Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. The students received an insider’s view of China and the opportunities and challenges facing America and China.

“The United States-China relationship will be critical to meeting worldwide challenges in the twenty-first century,” National Committee President Stephen Orlins said. “We want to ensure that these future leaders will be well informed when making decisions that shape the future of our country and the world.”

While in China, students visited Beijing, Guiyang, Beichuan and Chengdu. They met with experts on China’s history, culture and politics.

Finn is the son of Alice and Curtis Finn of Franklin. He will attend Vanderbilt University.

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is the leading nonprofit nonpartisan organization that encourages the understanding of China and the United States among citizens of both countries.

Established in 1889, Battle Ground Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory school for grades kindergarten through 12th grade. More information on the school can be found at

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