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AHS has history of exchange students

November 20, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - Alpena Public Schools Board of Education member Gordon Snow presented information on International Education Week, which was held Nov. 12-16, and the success of Alpena High Schools student exchange programs during Monday's board meeting. However, the topic hit close to home for Snow, who has hosted students from 20 different countries.

"We generally don't do a lot locally for (International Education) week, but I want everyone to understand APS is involved in national education, all the time," Snow said.

According to Snow, APS and has opened its doors, along with the community, to welcome foreign exchange students for the past 35 years, from 32 different countries around the world.

"Foreign exchange students can stay anywhere from a few weeks to a semester, or a full year, depending on the program that was chosen. But local support is always provided," Snow said.

According to Snow, APS works closely with seven different exchange programs to advocate public diplomacy, getting acquainted with individuals from other countries, building friendships, and America's image.

"The state of Michigan supports this. We usually get 8-10 kids per year, with state aid. We see the value in it, growing our community and state," Superintendent Brent Holcomb said.

Snow said this year APS is hosting eight foreign exchange students. He also listed many students and community members who are involved with the process.

"I guarantee they are taking advantage of all that the Alpena community has to offer," Snow said.

Emily Siegmon can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5687.



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