2018-02-12 / News

Meet Brown City’s foreign exchange students


Left to right: Weisong (a.k.a. Wade) Zhuang, 16, China; Iori Oie, 17, Japan; Isabela Ferreira da Silva, 16, Brazil; Valerie Bregy, 17, Switzerland; Iris Loewenkamp, 16, Germany; and Sheree Schofield, 15, Australia. 
Photo by Susan Morse Left to right: Weisong (a.k.a. Wade) Zhuang, 16, China; Iori Oie, 17, Japan; Isabela Ferreira da Silva, 16, Brazil; Valerie Bregy, 17, Switzerland; Iris Loewenkamp, 16, Germany; and Sheree Schofield, 15, Australia. Photo by Susan Morse Editor’s note: The following article was written by Jordyn Burke, 18, a senior at Brown City High School, where she is active in National Honor Society and the bowling team. Jordyn’s family regularly plays host to foreign exchange students.

BROWN CITY — Foreign exchange students walking through the halls of Brown City High School is a common occurrence. These exchange students leave the comforts of their home country to experience the American lifestyle. Adjusting to a new community, let alone a new culture, is no easy feat. Here is an introduction of our current foreign exchange students:

• Valerie Bregy, age 17, represents Switzerland. She currently plays on the girls’ varsity basketball team. After school she likes to talk to her friends and relax with her host family. She is hosted by the Ogboh family who have been very helpful and accepting, which has made fitting in very easy for Valerie.

• Isabela Ferreira da Silva is from Brazil and will soon turn 16. She plans to join the girls’ soccer team this spring. A lifelong dream of hers was to come to America and experience the culture. Since arriving the Martinez family have showed her the best American culture has to offer.

• Iori Oie, 17, calls Japan her home. Being from a small town herself Iori was happy to find that she would be spending her exchange year in a town like Brown City. Upon her arrival, she was pleasantly surprised to find that Brown City has much more elbow room than her hometown. Iori’s host family, the Burke’s, have been supportive with helping Iori adjust to her new surroundings.

• Iris Loewenkamp, from southern Germany is 16 and participates in the girls’ junior varsity basketball. Iris wants to travel the world and make friends along the way. Her only struggle was having to leave her family and friends behind, but was warmly welcomed into the Burke family.

• Sheree Schofield, only 15, is from Australia. Being homesick did not help her adjust to a new culture. However, her host family has been very helpful by allowing her to be her charismatic-self. Sheree is hosted by the Neiman’s.

• Weisong Zhuang, 16, also known as Wade, hails from China. He played on the junior varsity football team this past fall. He wanted to come to America to have freedom from his studies and have time to just be a teen. Now, he has time to talk with friends, play football, and enjoy the Lindsey’s company.

Being a host sister myself is very rewarding. Not only do I get to be with optimistic and bright students, I also get to see the students grow as a person. The hardest part is having to say goodbye after experiencing their downfalls and successes first hand. Thankfully goodbyes do not have to be forever.

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