Meet GHS HC King, exchange student and soccer star Hector Gea Lozano

Gaylord Homecoming King Hector Gea Lozano celebrates during the Gaylord homecoming football game on Friday, September 23.

GAYLORD ― First impressions are important.

It’s a cliche that most can agree with, but for a student at Gaylord High School, first impressions have meant everything.

Hector Gea Lozano arrived in the United States as a foreign exchange student back on August 11. And in a little over a month, the Madrid native has made his first impressions count, becoming a key member of the Blue Devils soccer team, winning the school’s Homecoming King and, at his coach’s suggestion, is now eyeing potentially staying in Michigan to play soccer at the collegiate level.

Hector has left a positive impression on the Gaylord community very quickly, and he says the feeling has been mutual, ever since he got off the plane.

“It felt like I was in a movie, just like I imagined with everyone in my host family waiting for me with a sign,” Hector said.

The foreign exchange process

Hector Gea Lozano poses with his host family after arriving to the United States from Spain.

Hector Gea Lozano is from Madrid, Spain, where he lives with his parents and his 15-year-old sister, Sara.

He says coming to the United States has been a dream of his since he was young. Friends in Spain who had been foreign exchange students shared their experiences with him, and with the abundance of organizations that run the exchange programs, he decided to submit an application.

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