Rotary Club International Exchange Students who spent this academic year attending high schools across Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, met for their exit interviews Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 at the home of Joe and Katherine Nance of Marble Falls.
The exchange student visit to the Nance home is an annual event sponsored by the Harrison Rotary Club (Arkansas, US – D 6110).
The countries represented this year included: Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, India, Italy, Spain, South Korea, Thailand and Peru.
One of the students, Florin Guttin of Brazil, lived locally and attended Harrison High School.
After a dinner together, students shared highlights of their year in the United States with comments and insights about the American culture.
The students were shown a Rotary Club power point presentation designed to ease their transition back to their home cultures.
After an overnight stay in the Nance home the students ate breakfast on the porch overlooking Mill Creek.
The next morning the Harrison Rotary Club treated the students to a seven mile canoe float on the Buffalo River starting at the Pruitt launch area.
One Boone County area student, Beryl Anderson of Harrison High School, is currently participating in a Rotary exchange experience.
Anderson is with a Finnish family and attending school there. She will return in July.
For the upcoming school year Christian Warren of Bergman High School has been accepted to live with a family and attend school in Italy.
Josh Fullerton of Valley Springs High School is slated for a Rotary exchange in Germany.
Rotary Club members who coordinated the event as inbound counsellors were Trisha Kerkstra, Jerry Stamper, Rodney Arnold and Susan Sangren.
Other club members who assisted with the event serving meals or accompanying the students on their float trip were Tiffany Baker and Beka Harrison of Jasper.
Source: Harrison Daily Times