South African Exchange Continues; Cedar House Students Come to Latin

Hedy Gutfreund Co-Editor-in-Chief Latin would not be Latin without a tight-knit community. Our community is unique for many reasons—for our tolerance of others, for our friendliness, and, very importantly, our global perspective on learning. But how good are we at bringing that friendliness and that global perspective together? Once again, we are hosting students from South Africa at Latin. Five students are coming from the Cedar House School in Cape Town starting Monday, April 1, giving us something to be excited about as we return from Project Week and Spring Break. Last year, Headmaster Randall Dunn initiated the exchange with Cedar House, and Latin students hosted South African students in April and traveled to Cape Town in July. This year, the relationship will continue in much the same way. Juniors Olivia Schultz and Samantha Fifield, sophomores Frances Kelleher and Will Nuelle, and freshman Isabella Artola are hosting South African students Xeno Rhoda, Megan Coetzee, Damien Davis, Ammaarah Ho-Yee, and Ben Sturgeon, respectively. Even if you’re not one of the hosts, there are more opportunities this year for everyone to interact with the South African students. If you’re interested, come to the SAB-sponsored Drop-in Luncheon on Tuesday, April 2 in room 411 anytime from 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM to meet the Cedar House students. You can also expect to meet the Cedar House students in your F, H, and B-block classes on April 2 or at the talent show on Friday, April 5. Furthermore, there is an extra ticket to go on an Architecture Boat Tour with the students and hosts on Sunday, April 7 (contact Ms. Dorer if interested). Mr. Windus will host an Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt during the day on Tuesday, April 9 for those participating in the exchange, and it has room for interested students. There will also be a farewell party for the students on that same day from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (details to come). Latin’s growing emphasis on global perspective is for good reason—there’s much to learn from our peers from around the world. Junior Vic Bruene, who went to Cape Town last summer for the exchange, values this relationship between Latin and Cedar House. In his words, “I think it’s a great opportunity to interact with a group of people who, even though they’re polar opposites in terms of geography, are a lot like us in terms of character.” This value from the exchange is not exclusive to those who host students; all Latin students should take advantage of this opportunity to interact with our South African counterparts.]]>