One thing that makes CHS unique is the amount of diversity in the student body. There are many foreign transfer and foreign exchange students who contribute to the community of CHS.
Arianna Ponte (pictured above)
Arianna Ponte, junior, just moved from Denmark and has been living in the US for one month. She loves how friendly and accepting everyone at CHS is and has enjoyed playing for the JV volleyball team. French is one of her favorite subjects this year, but she enjoys all her classes.
Ponte is fitting into the CHS community well, but she has noticed many differences between CHS and her old
school in Denmark.
“The educational system is structured differently,” said Ponte. “[In Denmark], you have ten years of schooling which includes elementary, middle and some of high school. Then, you have three years of what’s called germination, which is sort of like high school.”
In germination, you can choose the classes you want to take rather than have standardized classes that every- one in the grade takes. It surprised Ponte that in high school and middle school, students choose their electives and have classes with different students. Ponte explained that for the first ten years of her school she had the exact same students in every class.
“I guess there are some pros and cons for [the Denmark way].” said Ponte. “I like that you get to know people very well with a small class, but at the same time, it limits the different variations of groups and
Carolina Ghisoni, junior, is an exchange student from Italy and has been in the US for about a month and a half. Her favorite class this year is Ceramics, and her favorite teachers are Anna Lewis and Blake Rahn.
This year, she is most excited for prom and has enjoyed playing for the tennis team.
“[I like] the fact that you have a lot of people coming from different places and different social groups,” said Ghisoni on her favorite aspect of CHS.
Playing for the school tennis team is another new experience for Ghisoni.
“[In Italy] we don’t have clubs or sports, so if you want to play a sport you have to do it on your own, and that is not as fun” said Ghisoni.
Junior Vilja Saether is an exchange student from Norway and has been in the US for a month and a half. Her favorite class this year is Adobe Visual Design, and she runs for the cross country team.
She said that the major differences between CHS and her school in Norway is that “we don’t have to change class-
rooms; we sit in the same classroom everyday.”
“[In Norway], we also don’t have seven courses in a day,” said Saether. “We maybe have four or three that switch each day,
and one class is about one and a half hours.”
The foreign transfer and foreign exchange students are a part of CHS through sports teams, clubs and classes. They help to maintain the community and diversity of CHS. Make sure to give a warm welcome to our foreign transfer and foreign exchange students.
Photos courtesy Mireille Leone