KOSHKONONG -- National World Link Week was observed last week at Koshkonong School. Three foreign exchange students at the school participated in the event by educating other students at the school about their homelands.
The students are: Anna Kostyukova from Russia, living with George and Vicky Gross; Yulia Ivanova from the Ukraine, living with Ronnie and Connie Roberts; and Zhanna Aubekirova from Kazakstan living with the Jim and Norma Duncan family.
Koshkonong FFA advisor George Gross was instrumental in getting the students to the school. He said all three students are 16 years old and are seniors at the school.
"These foreign exchange students go through a huge process to be accepted in the National World Link program and being allowed to come to the United States," the advisor said.
He said there are some 47,000 applicants in Eurasia and of those 17,000 are selected to go on with the process. "Six thousand English speaking students then go on to the last selection process and of those 6,000, only 1,200 actually made it to the United States this year. "Ten of those students are in Missouri, three at Koshkonong School," he said.
The students will stay in the USA until June 2004.
All three students agree that life in this country is different from home. School is different and homelife is different, they said. All the students are FFA members and participate in FFA contests. One of the students is interested in working in the petroleum industry, one in the medical or science field and one of the students is undecided.
During the week of celebration the students presented programs on their countries to the agri classes at the school, the fourth grade class and on local radio station K-95.