Exchange students

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Southern Black Hills exchange students from Europe, include from left: Antonia Boerger of Germany (Custer) living with Susan Bowen; Elisa Andersen of Norway (Hot Springs) living with the Vince and Pat Logue family; Hannah Thorstensen (Custer) living with the Monty and Kathy Bradeen family; Louis Melhorn of Germany (Edgemont) living with the Gary and Kim Darrow family; Klara Knickenberg of Germany (Custer) living with the Kent and Renae Schneider family; Julia Jansen of the Netherlands (Custer) sharing the year with Antonia living with Susan Bowen; Josefine Moegelvang of Denmark (Hot Springs) living with Steve and Jan Becker; Kim Thomke of Germany (Hot Springs) living with Heath and Berline Greenough

HOT SPRINGS – High school students from Denmark, Germany and Norway are receiving a warm welcome from Hot Springs residents. The students are studying and living in the United States through EF High School Exchange Year, the leader in high school exchange. Living with local area host families and attending Hot Springs High School, the students are here to not only learn about and participate in American life, but also to enrich the community by sharing their unique customs and culture with area residents.

“I am very excited to be in the U.S., and I am enjoying classes, meeting friends and spending time with my host family,” said Josefine Moegelvang, an exchange student from Denmark who living with Steve and Jan Becker in Hot Springs.

Another student, Kim Thomke from Germany, added, “I’m looking forward to experiencing different sports and the western way of life during my time in America.” Thomke is living with Heath and Berline Greenough in Hot Springs.

“I believe that hosting an exchange student is a great step toward preparing my own children for the 21st century,” said Kimberly Darrow from Edgemont, an EF Host mom, who along with her husband Gary, is hosting Louis Melhorn from Germany. “Welcoming Louis into our home has sparked my own children’s interest in seeing the world. We are glad we decided to do this.”

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“We are very grateful to the families who have opened their hearts and their homes to our international students,” Jan Becker Local Regional Coordinator for EF High School Exchange Year. “Through their generosity, our entire community reaps the benefit of this experience.”

As part of the exchange program, students will spend the next nine months participating in high school sports, camping, hiking, skiing, trips around various sites in South Dakota and American holiday traditions.

EF High School Exchange Year is a division of EF Education First, the World Leader in International Education. As a non-profit organization headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, EF High School Exchange Year has been committed to promoting global awareness through student exchange for more than 30 years. The organization brings more students to the U.S. each year than any other high school exchange program, and since 1979 it has connected more than 100,000 talented, enthusiastic international students with caring host families across the United States. EF High School Exchange Year is designated by the United States Department of State as an Exchange Program Sponsor and has been granted full listing by the Council of Standards for International Educational Travel. To find out more information about EF High School Exchange Year, visit www.efexchangeyear.org.

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