Foreign exchange students come to Huron Valley in pandemic year

Matilde Sardi was in a café in Italy on Aug. 17 when the call came.

Could she be ready to come to the United States the next week and stay for the school year?

The 17-year-old burst into tears.

“It was one of the best moments of my life,” Sardi recalls. “Seriously. I couldn’t have been more happy, I  had my visa and placement, and on the 24th of August, I had the flight and was here.”

“Here” is Lakeland High School in the Huron Valley School District, where she is experiencing a year that would have been unique as a foreign exchange student, but in a pandemic, has become even more surreal.

Sardi is not the only foreign exchange student at Lakeland this year. Lucia Serrano, a 16-year-old from Madrid, Spain, also scored a spot.

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