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Webster-Dewangen Student Exchange of 2011

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We sent students, they sent students. It was an exchange!

websterThese Webster High School juniors are going to Dewangen, Germany as part of a sister city youth exchange program that was created several years ago. They are front row from left, Alexa Volesky, Tyler Hagen and Kelsie Somsen; back, Kelsea Chapin and Kelli Mammenga.

WHS students are excited to be bound for Dewangen

Five Webster juniors were named Dewangen Student Exchange scholars and have the opportunity to visit Germany this summer.
Kelsie Somsen, Tyler Hagen, Alexa Volesky, Kelsea Chapin and Kelli Mammenga were selected as this year’s recipients of a trip to Dewangen, Germany, Webster’s sister city.
Webster mayor and committee member Mike Grosek said this year’s trip slated for June 13 will be for about 10 days.
The exchange program was the brainchild of a local committee, many of whom were founders of the sister city program. They felt the global relationship between the two towns needed to be taken to the next level by the youth in both communities. Their solution was to create the student program.
To win a trip each student had to write an essay on what friendship meant to them and their community.
The winners were selected from a number of unidentified entries judged by committee members.
The kids are looking forward to this experience. Some of the things they’re excited about are trips to Munich, a concentration camp, the castles and making new friends.
For most of these kids this trip will be the first time they’ve ever been out of the country.
To prepare for the essay the winners talked to various sources to gain a better understanding of the country. Several have taken German classes and they are all looking forward to texting with their host families once they’ve been assigned one.
All five said they were motivated in part to apply for these scholarships because of the interaction with several previous Webster students who have made the trip.
They’ve seen pictures, heard the stories and hung out with their German counterparts. And when the time came to apply most were convinced this trip is an opportunity of a lifetime.
About the only thing they are worried about is whether or not they will like the food.
The students appreciate everyone who is making this trip possible and they are planning to do some fund raising on their own.
The Dewangen organizing committee has been putting things together for the last 12 months and have enough funds raised to take care of this year’s expenses.
The group sponsored a run during Pumpkinfest and plans to do another during the health fair to generate funds. They’re also working to build other perpetual scholarships to allow Webster High School juniors to spend a week in Dewan-gen each summer
“The idea behind this program is to promote friendship between the youth in both communities,” said founding committee member and Webster mayor Mike Grosek. “We would like to pass this friendship spirit on to our youth.”
A Jim Kading Memorial scholarship was established two years ago. This year’s winner is Kelsie Somsen.
Anyone with questions or is interested in sponsoring or helping sponsor a scholarship can contact committee members Robert Kwas-niewski, Grosek, John or LeAnn Suhr.

Dewangen students will be travel to South Dakota soon!




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