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CSHS welcomes new students

posted Sep 22, 2016, 8:23 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 8:29 AM ]

For the first time in approximately 10 years, Conway Springs High School welcomes two foreign exchange students, in addition to a transfer from Maize High School.

Junior Olga Diaz is one of the foreign exchange students. She is staying with Sally Trifiletti. Diaz is from A Coruña, Spain, where she lives with her parents and her sister in an apartment. Although there are many differences between the two school systems, Diaz said she has been adjusting well.

“I used to have eleven subjects and a block schedule,” she said.

The other foreign exchange student is junior Siri Bakksjø. Bakksjø is from Brønnøysund, Norway, where she lives with her parents and her sister. While she lives in the United States, she is staying with Judy and Bryan Andra. Bakksjø also has a block schedule in Norway and has had to adjust to the changes.

“The classes are different,” Bakksjø said “We didn’t have as many options [in Norway].”

She is playing tennis for the first time this season and is unsure if she will participate in track this spring.

The Maize transfer, senior Ian Clemons, came to Conway during the summer, just in time to begin training for football season. Although there are some things they need to work on, he said that football is going pretty good and the season should go well. Clemons also said he may participate in track.