At the January 13th meeting of the Harrison Community Schools Board of Education, Mr. Thomas, HHS Principal, introduced the following exchange students who are spending the school year as students in Harrison:
Ulises Castillejos Varillas from Mexico, Tlouh Ebeling from Germany, Andrea Feliz Calvo from Spain, Nicoleta Juan from Spain, Aylin Ince from Germany, Nongnapat Intarasiri from Thailand, Sead (CJ) Joldic from Bosnia, Dohui Kim South Korea, Kotone Ki yuna from Japan, Masayuki Higa from Japan, John Mota from India, Anh Ngo from Vietnam, Lukas Oesterreich from Germany. Petr Horak from Czech Republic and Danilo Vukcevic from Montenegro are also exchange students at HHS this year but were unable to attend the meeting.
Normally, Harrison High School is fortunate to host 2-5 students from other countries, but this year there are 15 exchange students.
Each student told the board and the audience their name and, in some cases, a nickname which was easier to pronounce. They also shared a little information about their countries and their experiences as students in Harrison.
Many of the students talked about how friendly the people in our community and our school have been and how the teachers and students have been willing to help them.
They mentioned the appreciation they have for their host families here in Harrison. Some spoke about their experiences participating in school sports. Several of the students said seeing snow was a new experience for them. They had mixed reactions to the winter weather in Michigan.
Mr. Thomas also shared with the board that the students had all been very positive additions to the HHS student body. Mr. House mentioned that five of the exchange students had accompanied him on a visit to the Harrison Women’s Club, where they shared stories about their culture and their experiences in Harrison. The board members thanked the students and their host families for taking the time to attend the meeting and presenting to the board.