Westminster High School recognized its eight foreign exchange students during its recent commencement exercises. After spending the past academic year in Westminster, the students will return to their native countries.
Cecile Bertin of France lived with Mont and Judy Beardsley's family in Finksburg. Cecile said she was able to adapt easily to situations in the United States but is eager to return home to attend college and study languages and business.
Lykke Gjerlov of Denmark found America not much different from her home. She prided herself on becoming fluent in English and sang in the school chorus while living with Raymond and Maria Aschenbach's family in Union Mills.
Jerry and Mary Wenzel's family in Finksburg gave Kim Marini of Italy a home for his stay. He became proficient at archery and played on the Owls varsity soccer team. He also obtained a Maryland State Diploma along with his International Student Certificate.
Pernille Skipper, also from Denmark, stayed with Jim and Karen Beckman of Carroll County Trails. She enjoyed working on the school yearbook and plans to attend a commercial college in Denmark.
Stina Sollid from Norway stayed with David and Vivian Smith of Finksburg. She traveled to Vermont and Florida with the couple. She earned the senior Biology Award and plans to study medicine.
Richard and Deborah Blanchard's family of Wakefield Valley took in Karen Vreeburg of the Netherlands. She plans to study languages, business and public relations at home.
Angelika Schaefer of Germany stayed with George and Elaine Conover's family in Westminster. She was honored as a member of the state chorus. After finishing high school in Germany, she hopes to return to the United States for college.
Mariko Saitoh of Japan lived with William and Annetta Jones' family in Westminster. She took art courses and worked to improve her English while here.