June 29, 2022

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Santa Maria History

Two generations host foreign exchange students

Jeanette Liebold Ricker

Pat and Jerry Thome of Fremont, previously of Clyde, hosted eight foreign trade learners from Spain, Switzerland, France and Sweden though their family members was developing up. All attended Clyde Superior Faculty.

“It was mainly a constructive knowledge,” said Pat. It was constructive plenty of that a next generation is also internet hosting exchange college students.

The Thomes’ daughter, Ann Thome Kauble, and her spouse, Allen, are hosting their next exchange student this faculty yr, Sara Fernandez-Garcia from Madrid, Spain. Sara is the daughter of Eva Garcia-Esparza, who was hosted by the Thomes in 1987-88. The Thomes also hosted Eva’s siblings, Luis, Miguel and Blanca in the 1980s and ’90s.

Sara is the second trade college student hosted by the Kaubles. They hosted Sara’s older brother, Alvaro, all through the 2017-18 school 12 months. The Kaubles are moms and dads of four sons, so obtaining a lady in the blend this calendar year is a new working experience.

“It’s really great for my sons to understand what it is like to dwell with a girl,” explained Ann. The oldest Kauble son recently graduated from Miami College, a different is a 2022 Clyde Higher School graduate with the remaining two in Clyde Superior College. The youngest willingly gave up his bed room to Sara.

Sara came from a large loved ones and was satisfied to sign up for a large household during her 12 months in the Usa. “She is wonderful,” claimed Ann. “She’s enthusiastic, she wants to test all the things, she has plenty of friends and is effortless to get along with.”

Sara was on the girl’s volleyball group, was in the Drama Club Drop Engage in, Ski Club, Science Club, is managing keep track of and participated with Clyde Christian Community Youth Group (CCYG).

The Kaubles are thinking about hosting once again in the long run and Ava’s cousin has presently set in a request. Ava was sponsored by EXIE, Exchange International..

Two other exchange college students at CHS had been sponsored by Youth for Knowledge (YFU). Jeff and Karen MacFarland are neighborhood get hold of individuals for the business.

Carrie and Justin Stiltner are web hosting  Anna Krokann from Norway. She is their 2nd exchange student. Their very first university student was hosted January 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, and the pupil went residence a thirty day period later on.

Carrie explained Anna is eager to make the most of her yr below and wished to try new points, like currently being a basketball cheerleader. She was on the soccer workforce, joined ski club and ran observe. The Stiltners had been unable to have their very own family and observed that web hosting an trade college student gave them a style of parenthood, generating this school 12 months with a 17-year-outdated more particular, said Carrie. “We ended up blessed this calendar year,” she said and is on the lookout forward to internet hosting once again in the potential.

Mike and Melissa Taylor are hosting Nhan Pham from Vietnam. It wasn’t intended for him to reside with them the whole college 12 months, he was place with them on a short-term foundation until finally a property could be observed for him. When that did not take place, he had now felt at ease plenty of with the Taylors to go on to continue to be with them.

“He’s a silent boy and a good helper,” Melissa. “He likes encouraging Mike with correcting issues all around the dwelling and mastering these new competencies.” Acquiring a boy in their house is a new practical experience for the Taylors, mothers and fathers of daughters. Nhan spoke pretty much no English when he arrived, but speaks truly perfectly now, said Melissa, who 1st had to issue to things to converse.

“He has arrive out of his shell.” She discussed that Vietnamese do not use facial expressions, but he has a sweet smile and numerous expressions. He bought to are living his American Desire of actively playing baseball and went on YFU-sponsored visits to Washington D.C. and New York City.

No matter the grade stage of pupils in their state, trade students at CHS take pleasure in all the perks of a senior year. “It tends to make it excess special,” said Ann Kauble, a Science teacher at CHS.

Jeanette Liebold Ricker writes about Clyde and Eco-friendly Springs. Speak to her at 419-547-8177 or by e mail at [email protected] 

This report initially appeared on Fremont Information-Messenger: Talk About Clyde: Two generations host overseas trade learners