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Foreign Exchange Students Attend Redlands High Schools

​By BELLA HANLON
Redlands East Valley’s foreign exchange program is run by REV’s Spanish teacher, Mr.Celano.  Redlands’ foreign exchange students include Beatrice Delledonne, Emilie Strenzke, and Flurina Gees.

Beatrice Delledonne, 17, is a senior at Redlands East Valley High School.  She comes from Milan, Italy.  In America, she lives with Flurina, another foreign exchange student.   Back at home, she is a sibling to Sofia, 13. Here at REV, she is a member of the volleyball team.  She enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, and watching movies.  Beatrice hopes to pursue a career having to do with kids, such as Psychology.  When asked about her hopes for senior year, she said she wants “to learn English and have fun, because my senior year is in Italy, so I have another year when I go back.”   She adds that she really likes REV.

Emilie Strenzke, 16, is a junior at Redlands East Valley High School.  She is from New Berlin, Germany.  Emilie transferred here on Aug. 14 this year, and she’ll leave June 19, 2016.  At home in Germany, she is a younger sister to  Felix Strenzke, and her house brother here in America is Johnathan Forrester, senior at REV.  She is a member of the basketball team here at REV.  In her free time, Emilie enjoys hanging out with friends, horseback riding, motorcycle riding, and playing sports.  Her hopes for the future are to have a good job, family, and pets.  When asked about this year, she hopes “that [she] can learn better English and get all the experience needed, and meet new people, so that [she] can have friends from America.”

Flurina Gees, 15, is a sophomore at Redlands East Valley High School.  She came to America from Switzerland.  She is currently living with another foreign exchange student, Beatrice, and host parents.  Flurina is a member of the cross country team and plans on participating in track as well.  She partakes in Spanish Club. At home, she is a sibling to brother Maurus Gees, 19.  She enjoys traveling, exploring new places, and hanging out with friends.   Flurina hopes to see the world as she grows older.  When asked about her hopes for this year, she said she wants “to just have a really great year and make a lot of friends; just live the American culture. Just have fun!”  She really likes it here, especially with all the football games and rallies.

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