Castleford’s three exchange students are preparing to return to their home countries this week. The three hail from different parts of Europe and all have had positive experiences in the United States. The three pictured from left to right are Aida Blazquez, Rasmus Dinesen, and Sunniva Henden.
Aida had this to say: “I’m going back to the Basque Country in Spain. I have two more years of school back there. I don’t know what I want to do yet, but it will be something related with kids for sure. Being here in the U.S. has been awesome. I never thought it would be so difficult to be far away from my family for that long, but I had amazing people helping me. I will never regret coming here because I learned a lot of stuff, including how to be by myself and how to be more mature. I never thought I would find myself in the tiny town of Castleford in the middle of nowhere, but there is no other place that would have made my experience here better. I can’t forget how thankful I am to my host family for taking me in their house and making me feel part of the family. It wouldn’t have been the same without a lot of great people, like Alexia my big/little sister, three amazing people that made my year here Sunniva, Alondra, and Liz. And of course Courtney. I’m going to miss all of them like crazy.”
Rasmus had this to say: “I’m going back to my hometown of Horne, Denmark. I have one more year of studying in Denmark, then in the fall of 2018, I’m coming back to study in the U.S. to study business/finance. My year here in America has been the greatest; therefore, I want to continue my studies here in the United States. Spending a school year In Castleford has had many ups and downs, but it has given me so much. Many things I will look back on with a smile. It’s hard to say goodbye to all the amazing people that have made this year so special, but I will see them again one day. I will always be thankful for how nice people have treated me. Thank you Castleford!”
Sunniva had this to say: “I’m heading back to Sotra, Norway, and I have one more year of school before I start university. I plan on studying something related to politics, maybe political science. My year here in the USA has been a roller coaster ride, and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Castleford is a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and it’s the greatest place I could have ended up. I would not have had this opportunity without my two host parents Brad and Tonya Draper, and for that I am forever grateful! This tiny high school would not have been the same without a great senior class, the two other exchange students Rasmus and Aida, and my two great friends Alondra and Liz!”
The students in Castleford benefited from the culture and knowledge that these three brought to the school. They will be missed by many.