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Meet the Exchange Students: Part 4

Celine Loffler- Celine is from Heidleberg, Germany and is living with Matt and Katie Poetter and their family, but is only staying in Vernonia until the end of January.  This is her first visit to the United States but she has traveled to Italy before and vacations in Spain.  She was one of the top five runners on the VHS girls cross country team which won the Northwest League Championship this season.  Celine says she loves Skittles and American burgers.  She says she mostly likes small town Vernonia, but doesn’t like that people gossip a lot.  A sophomore here, Celine will return home to finish high school and study for university.

L-R: Celine Loffler, Niklas Merzadah, Lisa Paje Rius, and Nikita Moskalev

L-R: Celine Loffler, Niklas Merzadah, Lisa Paje Rius, and Nikita Moskalev

Niklas Merzadah- Nik is spending the year in Vernonia with Kathy Jackson and Stan Zook. He played offensive and defensive line for the Loggers football team this fall and says he  would like to try wrestling and track this year as well.  Nik says he likes Vernonia and the people here, but says it’s much different than the big city of Cologne, Germany where he is from.  He says he likes all the food in the U.S. but his favorite is hot dogs and burgers.  Nik traveled with his family to the United States and visited the east coast four years ago, and says he likes getting to see the west coast this time.  He has also traveled to Turkey, Egypt and India.

Lisa Paje Rius- Lisa is from Monaco, France and is living with the Lindauer family this year.  Lisa was  one of the top five runners on the  girls cross country team which won the NW League Championship for Vernonia this year.  She says she likes Vernonia because everyone knows each other.  Lisa says her favorite American food is burgers.  Lisa has visited the United States several times in the past and has been to Miami twice, New York City and Orlando to see Disney World.  She has also visited Dubai, Denmark, and Spain.

Nikita Moskalev- Nik is from far eastern Russia and is spending his year in Vernonia with Justin and Ashley Ward.  A junior, Nik played wide receiver and cornerback for the VHS football team and says he will play basketball this winter and run track and field in the spring.  Nik say he likes the ice cream and yogurt here in the U.S. and also fast foods.  Nik says he took this year away from home to see a new place and help him decide what he wants to do with his future.  He says he will return to Russia for one more year of school and then go to university.  Nik has traveled to Japan, South Korea and extensively in China.  This is his first time visiting the U.S.

Meet the Exchange Students: Part 3

Tomy Breton- Tomy is from Quebec, Canada and is spending his year in Vernonia living with Tim, Allison and Canon McLeod.  Tomy is a hockey player in Canada, but is playing football this fall for the Loggers where he is a running back and outside linebacker.  In Canada he plays hockey and is friends with Sam Hout, who was an exchange student in Vernonia last year.  He says he will try either basketball or wresting in the winter and baseball in the spring.   A senior, Tomy says he is taking this year to decide what he wants to do in his future, but says he may study natural sciences in college.  This is Tomy’s first time in the United States, but has traveled to Mexico, the Dominican Republic and to Europe for two weeks for a hockey tournament.

L to R:  Tomy Breton, Marketa Veselkova, Nathalie Scholz,  Oleksandra Romanchuk (back) and Nikita Osiyev.

L to R: Tomy Breton, Marketa Veselkova, Nathalie Scholz,
Oleksandra Romanchuk (back) and Nikita Osiyev.

Marketa Veselkova- Marketa is from Prague, Czech Republic.  Her older sister Helena was an exchange student in Vernonia two years ago.  A junior, Marketa is spending this year with the Lindauer family.  She is running cross country and finished second for the Lady Loggers when they won the league championship this year.  She is an accomplished basketball player in her home country and will be a nice addition to the VHS varsity this winter.  She says she will probably run track in the spring.  She says there is so much good food here, she couldn’t choose a favorite.  Marketa says she has traveled extensively in Europe; some of her favorite places were Rome and Valencia. She also visited the U.S. twice before, once to New York when she was very young and then a few years ago when she visited San Francisco and Las Vegas.  Marketa says it would be “really amazing” if she could come back to America for her senior year and then try to go to college here in the States.  She says she loves it here in Vernonia because it is very different from the big city of Prague.  “Everyone knows everyone,” says Marketa.  “When you are walking on the street, someone will just stop and start talking to you.  It’s really cool!” Read More

Meet the Exchange Students: Part 2

Paul Mehring is from Munich, Germany and is living with Shelley Hennesey and Joe Fennell.  Paul is playing football this fall and is a running back and linebacker.  He says he plans to play basketball this winter and may try track and field in the spring.  Paul says he likes American steaks, which he says are very juicy and tasty.  Paul says he likes that in Vernonia, “…everybody knows everybody,” and everyone is friendly.   He says he likes that everyone supports the school teams.  “It’s a way better atmosphere at the games than in Germany,” says Paul.  Paul says he has traveled to South Africa, France, Sweden and often vacations in Italy. This is his first time in the United States.

 

Julie Courchet is from Marseille, France and lives with Steve and Sue Whiteman.  Julie is running cross country this fall.  She says that Vernonia is very small but everyone is very nice.  She says her favorite American food is hot dogs.  This is the first time Julie has ever traveled anywhere outside of France.

Left to right:  Paul Mehring, Julie Courchet, Kristine Lauenborg,  Sandra Meyer and Guilherme Botelho.

Left to right: Paul Mehring, Julie Courchet, Kristine Lauenborg,
Sandra Meyer and Guilherme Botelho.

 

Kristine Lauenborg is a junior from Denmark.  She is living with Tracy, Mike and Emilee Easlon.  Kristine is running cross country this fall.  She is also on the cheer squad and is one of the loudest supporters in the student section at volleyball matches.  She says she will try out for basketball and may try either softball or track in the spring.  Kristine says the food here is not much different than in Denmark but says she loves American candy, especially Skittles and Nerds.  She did say that her host mother Tracy is an excellent cook and loves her meals; in fact several other exchange students commented on the great food served at the Easlon home.  Kristine says she will finish high school when she returns to Denmark and plans to study law at university. She says she likes the different experience of living in a small town, but doesn’t like that Vernonia is so far away from everything else.

 

Sandra Meyer is a junior from Hamburg, Germany.  She is spending her year in Vernonia with Melissa, Bob, Maddie and Megan Zavales.   Sandra is on the VHS cheer squad and is also running cross country this fall.  She says she would like to try out for basketball in the winter and softball in the spring.  Sandra says she has traveled in the past to the Netherlands and Turkey and this is her first time visiting the United States. Sandra says the burgers in the United States are much better than in Germany.  She says Vernonia is like “…a big family,” which is different from the big city of Hamburg.  Sandra is one of six exchange students from Germany living in Vernonia this year, which means she has too much opportunity to, “speak in German and not practice my English,” she says. Sandra says she will return to Germany next year to finish high school.

 

Guilherme Botelho is a senior from Portugal where he lives on the coast, just five minutes from the beach.  “Will” is living with Shelley Hennesey and Joe Fennell in Vernonia.  Will says he used to enjoy surfing in Portugal, but since picking up his father’s old camera, he now enjoys photographing surfers more than surfing itself.  In Vernonia, Will is a tight end, corner back and the punter on the football team.  At 6’ 4” he is also really looking forward to the basketball season this winter and will try track in the spring.  Will says he “…came here for the hamburgers!”  He says he loves American fast food.  “Some of the other exchange students are worried about healthy food; I’m not.  I’m all into fast food and sports,” says Will.  He says he has always felt a call to come to America and says he has been dreaming about this trip for many years.  He says he hopes to return to Portugal in the summer, check in with his parents, and hopefully return to the U.S. to play basketball, attend college and study chemical engineering.   Will says he really likes traveling and has been encouraged by his father, who is Brazilian and travels for work and thinks it important for his children to be open minded about the rest of  the world.  Will has traveled to Spain, France, England, many times to Brazil, and Tanzania for an African safari.  He has visited the Unites States once before and went to New York City and Disney World in Florida.

Meet the Exchange Students

Each year the Vernonia community hosts  a large group of exchange students.  This year nineteen students from all over the world will make their home in Vernonia for the school year.  Over the next several issues, Vernonia’s Voice will help introduce these students to our community.

L to R:  Ruth Aim, Cecilie Burkelund, Sergei Kavaleryan, Maria Alvarez and Davide Bomboi.

L to R: Ruth Aim, Cecilie Burkelund, Sergei Kavaleryan, Maria Alvarez and Davide Bomboi.

Ruth Aim is living with the Baska family.  Ruth is from Stuttgart, Germany.  She is running cross country and will try out for basketball and softball later this year.  Ruth says the problem with America is “…you have too much good food!” Ruth is a junior this year  and says she is not sure what she wants to do in her future, but knows she wants to travel all over the world.  Ruth says Vernonia is “really awesome.”  She says she doesn’t like that there is little public transportation.

Cecilie Birkelund is from a small town in southern Denmark.  Cecile is a senior who is running cross country and is also on the cheer squad this fall.  She is staying with Jeana and Justin Gump and their family.  Cecilie says she may try track in the spring.  She enjoys Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Cecilie says next year she will finish school in Denmark and then study journalism.  She says she likes Vernonia but says it’s too far away from the city.

Sergei Kavaleryan is from eastern Georgia and is living with Kathy and Reggie Ward.  “Sam” is playing football this fall and is a defensive lineman and tight end.  He says he would like to try basketball or wrestling this winter and baseball in the spring.  Sam says he likes Subway sandwiches.  He has traveled in the past to Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Germany; this is his first time visiting the United States.  Sam is a junior in school this year and will return to finish his last year of high school and then go to university to study finance.

Maria Alvarez is from the north of Spain in the city of Gijon.  She is staying with Nicole Whiteman and says she is friends with Alejandro Rubiera who was an exchange student in Vernonia last year.  Maria is running cross country and says she would like to play basketball in the winter and run track in the spring.  Maria says her favorite American food is Subway.  Maria is a sophomore this year and says in the future she might like to study languages. She likes the people in Vernonia but says it’s too far away from places to shop.

Davide Bomboi is staying with Kathy and Reggie Ward.  “David” is from the small town of Nuoro on the coast of the island of Sardinia in Italy.  David says he loves traveling, learning about new cultures, and loves meeting new people.  He has traveled to France, Spain, Denmark, and to London, England where he says he would like to live someday.  David is running cross country this year; he says he never did any running before but has learned since he came here that he likes it and is good at it.  He says he will try out for basketball this winter and go out for track in the spring.  David says American food is not like Italian food, but he does like cheese cake and also cheese burgers.  He is a junior this year and will return to Italy to finish high school.  He says he would like to work in the film industry making movies.

Meet the Exchange Students

 

Paul Lemaron, Ani Danielyan, Alejandro Rubiera and Chi Ting Lee

Paul Lemaron, Ani Danielyan, Alejandro Rubiera and Chi Ting Lee

Each year Vernonia High School and the community host a group of Exchange Students from around the world; this year Vernonia has welcomed nineteen of these young people into our community.  Over the last few months Vernonia’s Voice has met these students in small groups and introduced them to you.  This is our final group of Exchange Students this year.

 

Ani Danielyan- Ani is a senior from Armenia who is living with the Hayes family. This is Ani’s first time ever traveling outside her home country.  She says she wanted to become an Exchange Student to “discover a new world,” and to meet new people.  She also says it was a great opportunity to improve her English.  Ani says Vernonia is “…perfect for me.  I love every single thing here.”   Ani says the people here are very nice, friendly and caring and says she could live here, “…for a very long time.”  Ani says after graduation she plans to enter university in Armenia and study to become a dentist.   Read More

Meet the Exchange Students

Vernonia High School has nineteen foreign exchange students this year.  Each year at the start of the school year Vernonia’s Voice takes time to meet with these students, welcome them to our community and introduce them to our readers.  Please meet our second group of exchange students.

Julius Haake , Shavarsh “Archi” Muradyan , Anton Yakovenko,  Anastasia Mihalciuc and Alex Plaschevici.

Julius Haake , Shavarsh “Archi” Muradyan , Anton Yakovenko,
Anastasia Mihalciuc and Alex Plaschevici.

Anastasia Mihalciuc is a senior from Moldova who is living with the Naillon family.  This is Anastasia’s first time traveling outside her country.  Anastasia says she likes Vernonia because it is not a big city.  She says it is very beautiful here with beautiful views.  She says the people are very nice and very helpful.  Anastasia says her favorite American food is waffles.  She is running cross country this fall and may run track in the spring.   Anastasia says after her year in Vernonia she will return and finish one more year in her school in Moldova and then she plans to study abroad. Read More