The Germans have arrived, and this year begins a new adventure for two schools. Over the course of the next 3 weeks, German students will shadow their American counterparts and attend classes with them here at the high school.
As students walked into the assembly to welcome the Germans into our home, the band played some great tunes to get the crowd pumped up. As they introduced themselves to the school and who their American counterparts were, students clapped and cheered them on to welcome them to The Valley.
After the assembly, students lined up to get their P.E. uniforms from Coach C. as they are expected to do all activities and all things that a normal student here would do. Friday, they are taking a trip to the elementary school to help teach the elementary students how to count in German and they are talking to the little kids about their homeland.
Over the weekends that the Germans are here, they will travel to surrounding towns to do a little sight seeing as well as follow their American counterparts to practices, games, and activities around the area to take in all of the sights.
On Sunday, they are going to Six Flags St. Louis to see the city and ride some awesome rides. But, hosting a German exchange student is not all fun and games. For some households, it is a full house. Take the Centola's for instance.
The Centola triplets make a full house to begin with, and add in three exchange partners and their house just got a lot smaller. They went through an entire loaf of bread for cheese toasties in one sitting. Sierra is hosting her German Nele Tinat, Brad is hosting his German Linda Stephany and Jaci is hosting her German Aylin Serbest. So far all is going well, and we wish them and all of our host families the best of luck in the coming weeks.
The Germans had a very easy trip down to The Valley. Much different from last year. Customs was a breeze and they had no accidents with the bus this year, so they arrived well on time and were greeted by a warm reception in the high school parking lot.
When asked if they knew what their Germans looked like, Sierra replied, "We kind of knew what they looked like through Snapchat and social media, but we had only seen a class picture of them from Scan, so we all made posters to welcome them, much like you would see at an air port."
If you see a German around the building, don't be afraid to introduce yourself to them and welcome them into our school. Ask them about their home and learn about the wonderful differences that school brings across different cultures.
This year's partners are as follows:
Charlotte Balzer hosted by Julie Abel
Kira Gutorski hosted by Garrett Brickey
Linda Stephany hosted by Bradley Centola
Aylin Serbest hosted by Jacey Centola
Nele Tinat hosted by Sierra Centola
Selma Langen hosted by Dylan Conroy
Sophia Schaefer hosted by Josh Ford
Saskia Godelmann hosted by Karina Forshee
Sophia Gehrlein hosted by Madison Kokal
Amrita Shinder hosted by Mackenzie Kokal
Joris Giesecke hosted by Michael Iversen
Niclas Krummel hosted by Alex Mann
Lara Kuntz hosted by Shayla Mills
Athina Vacirtzis hosted by Makayla Moran
Leonora Metaj hosted by Ashlyn Morlock
Yves Feucht hosted by Tanner Owens
Victoria Cosima Boltz hosted by Taylor Page
Linus Schneider hosted by Caleb Rutherford
Jana Boeringer hosted by Cara Smith
Katharina Neubauer hosted by Caitlin Slifer
Marius Malthaner hosted by Jachin Wiese
Benedikt Grill hosted by Ian Young