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Foreign study organization names Perham 'School of the Year'

Foreign exchange student Jonathon Yuen, far left, and Christina Young at graduation May 24. At right, foreign students Ruyin Huang and Tim Seyfart.

Perham High School has been recognized by EF Foundation for Foreign Study as a 2008 School of the Year. This award is given annually to high schools that make hosting exchange students a top priority and that foster environments of international awareness and cultural celebration.

This year, Perham High School worked with EF Foundation to welcome six students into its academic and extracurricular community. Not only were exchange students made to feel welcome, they became integral parts of Perham High School's character, making the exchange experience one that everyone involved will remember for years to come.

Local coordinators Glenda Ascheman of Benson and Ginny Barnum of Detroit Lakes said that Perham High School "showed real commitment to international exchange throughout the school year. The school's administration, teachers, and students helped make Perham a new home for our students. We are so proud that Perham High School has been recognized from among hundreds of schools across the country."

Since 1979, EF Foundation's team of dedicated volunteers, local coordinators, and staff has helped over 90,000 students from nearly 40 countries participate in international exchange programs. To become ambassadors for their home countries, students participate in an extensive application and interview process and are selected based on their academic achievement, maturity, and adaptability. Students accepted to the EF Foundation program are fully insured, speak English, and bring their own spending money.

To learn more about becoming involved with international student exchange, please contact Tim Mercurio at 1-800-44-SHARE, by e-mail at, or visit