HAMPSTEAD — Three countians may get the chance to meet President George Bush, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
The three -- a businessman, a teacher and a high school senior --also will talk to Soviet students about something America holds dear-- its free-enterprise system.
"Who would've thought four years ago that we would go to the Soviet Union to teach about capitalism?" said Kimberly K. Frock, a socialstudies and English teacher at North Carroll High School.
She will be traveling to the Soviet Union as part of a Junior Achievement project with Westminster businessman G. Melvin Mills Jr. and North Carroll senior Stephanie L. Wiegel.
The three will be the only representatives from Maryland on the trip, said Mills, chairman of the county Junior Achievement board and owner of Mills' Communications Inc.
About 65 people from across the United States plan to take the trip Nov. 30 to Dec. 14.
Because Carroll has a successful J.A. program,Mills was invited to participate in the trip, said Colleen Isennock,executive director of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland.
Junior Achievement is a program through which business owners work with teachers to instruct students about real-life business situations. InCarroll, the program is presented to sixth- and ninth-graders, said Donald P. Vetter, supervisor of social studies programs for the county.
Before Frock and Wiegel can go, however, they must raise $4,300by Oct. 31, said Mills, who is paying $4,800 for his trip. The cost to Frock and Wiegel is $4,800 each; $2,000 toward costs for each has been donated by a Seattle foundation, he said.
They already have raised $1,700, Mills said.
Through Junior Achievement, Wiegel has learned how to set up a business, sell stock, conduct market research,produce a product and spend the profits. She hopes to pass some of her knowledge to Soviet students eager to learn the American way.
"I never thought I'd be going to Russia," said Wiegel, 16, daughter ofConnie E. and Gregory B. Wiegel of Westminster.
The U.S. delegation will tell teachers, students and business consultants in 1,000 Soviet schools about J.A.'s applied economics program.
Participants are scheduled to meet with Bush on Dec. 1 before leaving for Moscow. Aceremony in the Kremlin with Gorbachev and Yeltsin is set for Dec. 7.
Frock and Wiegel will live with Soviet families in cities outside Moscow for one week of their stay.
Wiegel said she'll take shaving cream, razors and other toiletries not readily available locally as gifts for the host family. She also will take some North Carroll Panthers T-shirts.
For Wiegel, a flutist who is active in the marching and concert bands, the trip will be her first abroad and her second on an airplane.
"I'm sort of nervous about flying all the way over there," she said.
To make a donation to Frock and Wiegel, send a check to J.A. in care of Mills' Communications Inc., 210 Pennsylvania Ave., Westminster, Md., 21157.