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Exchange students enjoy their time in Cherokee

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The 3 Amigos - These three students have enjoyed their year at Cherokee Washington High School. Though none are Hispanic, "Three Amigos" seemed like an appropriate name for the group. Left to right, Andrea Pavanello, who is from Italy; Theo Neulinger, who is from Austria; and Andras Luckacs-Farkas, who is from Hungary. Photo by Dan Whitney
The students at Cherokee Washington High School this year enjoyed meeting and getting to know three young men from foreign countries who were here to sample life in small town America.

The three students were all from different European countries. Andrea Pavanello is from Padua, Italy,and he was a junior this year. Bruce and Cindy Husman were his host family, and Andrea enjoyed his time with them, as well as making a lot of friends and having new experiences.

He especially enjoyed playing tennis and "American" football for the Cherokee Braves, but this spring he also played the "futbol" game with which he was more familiar for the Cherokee Soccer Club. Andrea was here as part of the EF Foundation for Foreign Study.

Theo Neulinger was also here under the EF program, and Dave and Kallie Morrow were the host family for Theo, who was a sophomore at Washington High this year, Theo is from Linz, Austria, and he wanted to make sure that readers understand that he is "from Austria, NOT Australia".

Theo enjoyed making new friends and experiencing new things during his time in Cherokee. He did say that he found schoolwork "easier" here than it was back home, saying that he never had to do homework here because he was always able to get his work done in school.

Theo, like the other two students, comes from a much larger city than Cherokee (in his case, 200,000), and it took him a while to get used to living in a small town.

The third student, Andras Lukacs Farkas, is from Szombathely, Hungary, a city of 86,000, and he came to be in Cherokee under a different program than his cohorts. Cherokean Brent Koppie met Andras when he was coaching a US International Wrestling team, and he arranged for Andras, a talented young wrestler, to come to the United States to attend High School and wrestle, since Hungary does not have High School wrestling teams.

Andras has been in the States for a couple of years now, initially living in Storm Lake and now here in Cherokee.Last year, he attended school at Storm Lake St. Mary's and wrestled for Storm Lake High School,since the Panthers didn't have a wrestling team. Though he didn't make it to the State Tournament, Andras did well in his matches during the regular season. After open enrolling to Cherokee this school year, Andras was a member of the Cherokee wrestling squad, but because of state rules, he was ineligible to compete in matches for 90 days - or basically the entire season.

After he returns to Hungary this summer, Andras plans to come back to Cherokee for his senior year of High School - hopefully to include wrestling interscholastically - and then attend college in the U.S. and wrestle collegiately - possibly at Northwestern College, where his American host/coach, Brent Koppie, is an Assistant Wrestling Coach.

In addition to his wrestling, Andras - who just started to learn the English language four years ago, but speaks it well now - enjoyed his History classes and playing soccer for the Cherokee Soccer Club "with the other foreigners."

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