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Letter to the editor: Exchange students need LO homes

August 25, 2010 - Dear editor,

A local non-profit exchange program is inviting local Lake Orion families to host international exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year.

The teenage students come from over 30 countries and attend local high schools. The students have their own spending money and insurance. Host families are responsible for meals, a place to sleep and a nurturing environment. STS Foundation has a local coordinator that will supervise the student and support the family throughout the school year. Incoming students who are requesting families include:

Silvia, who is 16 and comes from Piedmont, Italy. She has an older brother Simonetta. Silvia lives with her parents. Her dad is a technical employee at a textile plant and her mom works at home. Silvia speaks Italian and French, and enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, photography, listening to music, drawing and reading. She has guitar lessons twice a week. Silvia also loves animals and owns a parrot, 3 cats and a dog. Silvia's Dad writes that she is sociable and has lots of friends. Her English teacher says she is a sweet and polite student who seems to love learning new languages. Her favorite subjects are biology, English and Latin literature. She is an A student

Sevil is 17 and comes from Solingen, Germany. Her dad is a manager and her mom is a pharmacist. Sevil has a 3-year-old brother whom she loves very much. She loves languages and speaks English, German, Latin and Turkish. Her family is originally from Turkey. Sevil's hobbies and interests include volleyball, cooking, playing violin, musicals and watching movies. She is part of the drama group at school and enjoys acting and participating in musicals. Her parents say she is a polite and responsible teenager who loves to cook and will be a real asset to her host family

Sarah is 16 and comes from Onsala, Sweden. She has two sisters and a 5 year-old-brother. Both of her parents are doctors. Sarah speaks English and German. Her favorite hobbies are rhythmic Sports Gymnastics, golfing, shopping, sailing and playing the piano. Her gymnastics team has won many championships in Sweden. She trains 10 hours every week in this sport. Her teachers say she is a focused and motivated student and always has a positive attitude in class.

A number of other students from Europe, S. America and Asia are seeking placement through STS, as well.

For questions about these and other students, call or email Julia Colingsworth at 810-287-4151 or email

STS Foundation is a dedicated to intercultural exchange. Visit

Deadline for placing Exchange Students is August 31.

Thank you,

-Dave Keating

Regional Coordinator

STS Foundation

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