THAYER -- About a year ago, the little town of Thayer received a visitor. She came unsure of her new environment, and we accepted her, not really knowing much about her.
Hanna Steger is this year's senior foreign exchange student. She resides with Fred and Dionne Komm and their son Nickolas. Hanna, originally from Kierspe, Germany, experienced a change in family status. In "Deutchland" she was the youngest of three siblings, but now she plays the part of big sister to Nick.
Hanna was quick to make friends as her cheery disposition and quick wit help brighten any day. Anyone who has chatted with this "lively German" knows she is well-rounded, down-to- earth, and always seen with a smile on her face.
Being active in everything she could, you might have seen Hanna in some of the following activities. She is an excellent musician and earned a 1 rating at State Band Competition with her violin (which she also played at local Lions Club and Crescite Club meetings), as well as playing tenor sax in the school's jazz band. Hanna was a great help on all those European geography questions asked at high school quiz bowl meets. She played tennis on the varsity team, acted in the Drama Club, and was very involved in Beta Club.
The Komm family and the Steger family now have international relations, thanks to Hanna. Due to her journey, the two families have become close. Hanna will be greatly missed by her American family and friends, but she assured them she will return.
The Komm's would like to invite the community, her family, friends, teachers and acquaintances to join them for a farewell reception for Hanna. The drop-in reception will be held Tuesday, June 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the St Paul United Methodist Church. Please join them there.