The Pony Express

Foreign Exchange Student Club smooths transition of coming to new country

Foreign Exchange students meet to discuss how things are going and what people are doing. One student gave a presentation about Germany this month.

Ava Hoelzel, Photographer

December 7, 2019

“It [the Foreign Exchange Student Club] gives them [the foreign exchange students] time to step out of their classroom, and just be with each other,” school counselor Krista Koenen said.  The school provides foreign exchange students the opportunity to meet with each other, staff and other st...

Laura Kern’s foreign exchange student experience across the country

Senior Laura Kern studies in her favorite class, history. Kern enjoys history and helps her learn more about the American culture.

Emma Urban, Photographer

January 29, 2019

Senior Laura Kern is from Hamburg, Germany, and is studying abroad her senior year. Kern wants to see what life is like outside of Germany. She decided it would be a good opportunity to travel to the United States and finish her high school career somewhere different. Kern has enjoyed her time in the U...

Ida Holde Bjorkelund adapts to life in America

Girls varsity gymnastics team huddles up before a meet against White Bear Lake on Jan. 2. They are hoping for another state title this season.

Julia Bennett, Business Editor

January 27, 2019

Ida Holde Bjorkelund is a foreign exchange student from Norway joining the district for her senior year. She has been welcomed in by many, including girls on the varsity gymnastics team. She is meeting new people and enjoying new experiences in the United States. She is so excited to continue her journey here ...

VonEssen experiences team sports in American culture

Working among her fellow classmates, Fredrika enjoys her time in the U.S. away from Sweden. Having only been here seven weeks, she said,

Katelyn Weisbrod, Head Copy Editor

October 29, 2014

Senior Fredrika VonEssen knew from the time she was 12 years old that she wanted to study abroad. She arrived in Minnesota on Aug. 21, her new home for the next 10 months. “I wanted to go on a really big adventure,” said the Swedish exchange student. “I wanted to become fluent in English ...

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