Tilman is hosted by the Nelson family in Kalamazoo, MI and attends Comstock High School. He has become heavily involved with his school and community. During the fall, Tilman was on his school’s cross country team and he is currently on the track and field team. Outside of athletics, Tilman is a dedicated member of afterschool Key Club.
Tilman has developed a unique and creative way to help his peers learn about German culture. At Comstock High School, he has created a special segment on the daily student news broadcast. The segment, “German Word of the Day,” allows students to guess the meaning of a German word or phrase provided by Tilman and those who guess correctly receive German chocolate. His segment has become so popular that he has had to ask his parents to ship more chocolate to Michigan! Tilman’s peers, teachers, and the superintendent have raved about this addition to the daily student news.
Tilman has developed a second home in Kalamazoo and has grown into a confident, independent individual. He has been able to develop a better understanding of different points of view and make lifelong friends.