Across the World for Senior Year
Aside from being gifted with Campbell County’s congenial locals, CCHS has a legacy shared with many other schools: foreign exchange students. These travelers often have unique perspectives and cultural insights that they can share to broaden our understanding of the world around us.
One such visitor, senior Marius Bakka from Norway, shared his experience at CCHS. He explained that Norway is “cold, and more boring than here.” He continued to explain that Gillette feels much bigger, and has very nice people. He said that he likes all of his classes, but his favorite is Auto with Earl Smith, whose family is hosting him in Gillette. Together, they have seen Devils Tower and explored the local area.
Another student, senior Marta Gilferrer from Spain, arrived the third week of school. She said that she is excited to improve her skills with English and to make new friends in a different social context. Her hometown is Madrid, which she reports is quite different from Gillette — much smaller.
Finally, a senior named Enze Ma shared her opinion on both Gillette and the differences between it and her home of northern China.
“It’s really cool,” she said. When asked about differences in culture between China and Gillette, she said that she admires our school system and freedom of speech.
“In China, there are many students in class. Here, there are fewer. Also, you can say anything you want in class. In China, we don’t have that.”
She concluded by explaining that she was looking forward to continuing her American high school experience.
Of course, CCHS has more foreign exchange students than could be interviewed. You can meet these students and learn about their fascinating cultures. Bosen Zhang, Frederic Overmann, and Nicola Chiappini are from China, Germany, and Italy, respectively.