International Club Makes Its Debut

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International Club Makes Its Debut

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Here at the high school we have plenty of options of clubs students can join. Some of the clubs are Video Game Club, Drama Club, Student Council, and even activities like Musical. This year though, the former Foreign Language Club went through some changes and is now called the International Club.

The International Club is now open to all students in grades 9 through 12, and even those who can not fit a language into their class schedule. This allows for more students to become exposed to the positive impacts and opportunities that learning about other cultures provides. Within the club we use the internationally known “5 C’s” when planning activities. The 5 C’s are Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

Some activities we have already participated in are a potluck dinner with foods from around the world, a coffee fundraiser from Nicaragua, and a Spanish movie night. Currently, we plan to attend restaurants, and have a combined meeting with the AFS students in Western Pennsylvania.

I had the idea of proposing the change at the beginning of the school year when I welcomed my third exchange student into my family. I have previously hosted Katrine from Denmark, Carolin from Germany, and currently Pat from Thailand. This year there were 8 total exchange students that attend Highlands in some capacity, which is the most accepted into one school district AFS USA has ever seen.

As a senior this year, I hope I can pass down my position as President to someone as passionate about world cultures and studying abroad as I am. Some of the best high school memories I have are because of the people I have met. Join International Club or host an exchange student, you won’t regret it.

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