German Student Attends Los Alamos High School

Exchange student Krissi Wallis of Brandenburg, Germany discusses her life back home during a recent presentation to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Photo by Hal Davis

LAHS student Krissi Wallis of Brandenburg, Germany shares reasons why she wanted to be a Rotary exchange student. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Krissi Wallis of Brandenburg, Germany is attending Los Alamos High School this year under an exchange program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

In a recent presentation to members of the local Rotary Club gathered at the Los Alamos Golf Course, Wallis spoke of her home and the similarities and differences to her life in Los Alamos.

“The landscape here in New Mexico is amazing,” she said.

Her hometown of Brandenburg is a historical town with a population of 71,117, Wallis said. “We have four churches, a cathedral and a monastery … not so many churches like here.”

She explained that the important economic sectors in her country are automobiles, engineering, electrical engineering and technology, adding that Germany is the fourth world economy.

Wallis is part of a group of 14 exchange students who met in Roswell for orientation before heading to the homes of their host families. There was one student from Brazil, another from Thailand and the rest were from Europe, she said.

Speaking about why she decided to participate in the Rotary exchange program, Wallis said, “I hope to gain self confidence and independence and believe it will be favorable for my future.”

Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year and the Los Alamos Rotary Club is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Youth Exchange.

By sharing their own culture and embracing a new one, students help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about themselves and their home country in the process. 

“We would like to meet students interested in going to high school abroad for a year, as an exchange student,” Rotary Youth Exchange Chair Lisa Harris said. “These students are ambassadors who exchange cultural experiences with families, Rotarians, and other students.”

Harris explained that eligible students are typically sophomores, but students age 15 to 18-1/2 at time of departure next July may apply as well. Other personal attributes of importance to the program include:

  • an outgoing, mature personality;
  • good to excellent grades;
  • flexibility;
  • resilience; and
  • participation in activities such as sports, hobbies and clubs.

To apply or for more information, visit http://rye5520.org or email losalamosrye@gmail.com.

 

 

 

LAHS student Krissi Wallis of Brandenburg, Germany shares reasons why she wanted to be a Rotary exchange student. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Krissi Wallis Of Brandenburg, Germany is attending Los Alamos High School this year under an exchange program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.

In a recent presentation to members of the local Roatary Club gathered at the Los Alamos Golf Course, Wallis spoke of her home and the similarities and differences to her life in Los Alamos.

“The landscape here in New Mexico is amazing,” she said.

Her hometown of Brandenburg is a historical town with a population of 71,117, Wallis said. “We have four churches, a cathedral and a monastery … not so many churches like here.”

She explained that the important economic sectors in her country are automobiles, engineering, electrical engineering and technology, adding that Germany is the fourth world economy.

Wallis is part of a group of 14 exchange students who met in Roswell for orientation before heading to the homes of their host families. There was one student from Brazil, another from Thailand and the rest were from Europe, she said.

Speaking about why she decided to participate in the Rotary exchange progra, Wallis said, “I hope to gain self confidence and independence and believe it will be favorable for my future.”

Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year and the Los Alamos Rotary Club is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Youth Exchange.

By sharing their own culture and embracing a new one, students help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about themself and their home country in the process. 

“We would like to meet students interested in going to high school abroad for a year, as an exchange student, Rotary Youth Exchange Chair Lisa Harris said. These students are ambassadors who exchange cultural experiences with families, Rotarians, and other students.

Harris explained that eligible students are typically sophomores, but students age 15 to 18-1/2 at time of departure next July may apply as well. Other personal attributes of importance to the program include:

  • an outgoing, mature personality;
  • good to excellent grades;
  • flexibility;
  • resilience; and
  • participation in activities such as sports, hobbies and clubs.

To apply or for more information, visit http://rye5520.org or email losalamosrye@gmail.com.

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