May 31, 2016

FLEX Student of the Month: May 2016


Zhanna in formal gown next to host dad in cop uniform Zhanna ready for the pageant with her host father.
Zhanna, a PAX (Program of Academic Exchange) placed Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) student from Kyrgyzstan, has made a lasting impression on her host parents and community. Her host parents say that Zhanna is the most precious, perfect host daughter they could ever ask for.  Right from the start Zhanna arrived with enthusiasm, terrific manners and an open mind.  Pam and Gary cannot imagine Zhanna not living in their home and are not ready for her to leave.

Zhanna became active in her host family’s church, participating in choir, drama and babysitting. She has been very active volunteering with mentally-challenged adults through First Friends, the Junior Auxiliary, church and the local food pantry.  To date, Zhanna has completed close to 300 volunteer hours.  Based on her volunteering achievements, Zhanna was selected to attend the Better Understanding for a Better World (BUBW) conference in Baltimore, Maryland in April, where she learned how to be a leader in spreading peace and understanding across cultures and religions.  Zhanna also participated in and won the Junior Auxiliary Monroe County pageant and was Queen of the Charity Ball.

Zhanna is also on the school honor roll with all A’s and B’s.  In addition to being a member of the high school choir, tennis team, and drama club, Zhanna earned four awards for having the highest averages in calculus, chemistry, creative writing and the ACT Test Scholarship Award.  The principal says that Zhanna is the first exchange student to excel so greatly and earn these prestigious awards.

Zhanna has been a model exchange student and impeccable representative of Kyrgyzstan and the FLEX program.

Congratulations, Zhanna!

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