Exchange Student

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    Central Michigan Life – Q&A: German exchange student reflects on his CMU experience

    Hailing from Bochum, Germany, graduate student Dennis Duennwald is one of three German exchange students who are studying at Central Michigan University. Duennwald is studying economic history through a foreign exchange between CMU and Ruhr University Bochum. This is not the first exchange program he has participated in. He studied for a year in Scotland, but had to leave two months early because of COVID-19. Additionally, Duennwald is a Teacher’s Assistant for HST323: History of Native Americans with faculty member Michelle Cassidy. He said he’s very thankful to have the opportunity to study here. Central Michigan Life spoke with Duennwald on his experiences being a foreign exchange graduate student at…

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    Foreign exchange students looking forward to American Christmas | News, Sports, Jobs

    News Photo by Barbara Woodham Foreign exchange students walk the halls at Alpena High School. From left to right are: Giulia LaRosa, Franciska Treiliha, Francisco Ferreira. ALPENA — Three foreign exchange students currently attending Alpena High School are looking forward to Christmas in America. Giulia LaRosa, 17, is here from Italy and said that Christmas is not so different from back home. “Christmas doesn’t really change much, the food is different,” LaRosa said. LaRosa said that Santa is called Babbo Natale and he does not bring candy, only presents. “An old woman, like a hag, brings candy and puts it in stockings,” LaRosa said. “Her name is Befana.” News Photo…

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    Exchange students celebrate the holidays | News

    “Well, Christmas happened. And that was pretty cool,” said visiting German exchange student Alexander Ruf. “And Thanksgiving! I loved the food, especially macaroni and cheese. I want to come back for Thanksgiving. I want to do Thanksgiving in Switzerland,” added Swiss-born Niklas Grueter, another exchange student. “And biscuits too,” chimed in Ariana “Ari” Cordinach Gilberte of Spain, before confirming the biscuits were covered in gravy. “I loved meeting extended members of our host families,” said Lisa Schmidt-Wahl, also of Germany. A group of 16-year-old foreign exchange students once again met with The Register to discuss their views of American holiday traditions and how they compare to traditions from their home…

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    MELHS foreign-exchange students share experience

    EDWARDSVILLE – Leticia Bennasar-Lluy, Elisabeth Adhamy, Maleen Wolf and Renesha Udho-Asnani are four foreign-exchange students for the Metro-East Lutheran High School girls’ basketball team. MELHS goes through an IHSA-approved organization that finds schools willing to host foreign-exchange students. MELHS has used the organization for almost 10 years now, but girls’ basketball coach Rob Stock said this is the first time he remembers getting basketball players through the program. The program allows for foreign-exchange students to stay for one school year at a time. “They work hard and it’s been fun having them,” Stock said. “It gives us as coaches and the team, in general, a different view on things. We’ve…

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    A Part Of The Family

    FARMINGTON — A Farmington family has hosted enough foreign exchange students that they are now hosting a “granddaughter,” the child of one of their earliest exchange-student “sons.” Rich and Carol Bundsgaard hosted German student Stefan Klemmer in 1996-1997 when they lived in Jonesboro. Fast forward to 2021, and sitting at their table in their home outside Farmington is Klemmer’s daughter, Fiene. She is a high school junior enrolled in eight classes at Farmington High School and has joined its soccer and track teams. Fiene wasn’t supposed to be with the Bundsgaards. Her original placement was with a family in Texas. However, the placement didn’t work out, and she joined the…

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    Farmington Family Hosting Child Of Prior Exchange Student

    FARMINGTON — A Farmington family has hosted enough foreign exchange students that they are now hosting a “granddaughter,” the child of one of their earliest exchange-student “sons.” Rich and Carol Bundsgaard hosted German student Stefan Klemmer in 1996-1997 when they lived in Jonesboro. Fast forward to 2021, and sitting at their table in their home outside Farmington is Klemmer’s daughter, Fiene. She is a high school junior enrolled in eight classes at Farmington High School and has joined its soccer and track teams. Fiene wasn’t supposed to be with the Bundsgaards. Her original placement was with a family in Texas. However, the placement didn’t work out, and she joined the…

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    Exchange Club hosts deaf and hard of hearing student program | Quincy Public Schools

    QUINCY — The Quincy Exchange Club hosted Quincy and Mendon students who are deaf and hard of hearing at its meeting Friday for an annual holiday tradition considered a club favorite. After opening remarks from Exchange Club president Erik Dolieslager, Art Awerkamp introduced Kate Sanders from the Quincy Public Schools. Sanders has taken over the stewardship for the deaf and hard of hearing program for QPS. Awerkamp presented a check for $1,000 to the program on behalf of the Exchange Club. “Back in August, our students and our staff started asking if we were going to do the Exchange Club program again,” Sanders said. Sanders noted that the time during…

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