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Foreign exchange student loved her time in Prescott

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

PRESCOTT--Anna Jogefalk grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, but wanted to experience life in the United States.

The foreign exchange student ended up in Prescott for the 2013-14 school year and has loved nearly every minute of it.

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Well, almost every minute.

“It would have been nice to have a warmer winter,” she said while talking to the Kiwanis Club of Prescott May 22.

She wrote a letter about herself, which caught the attention of Deb and Ken Carlson, both teachers in the Prescott School District.

Deb explained the pair had never been foreign exchange hosts before and, with three teenage daughters, including Alicia, who graduated this year, they already had a full house.

Yet, “we wanted to show our kids a different opportunity,” noting they have been to Europe and all over the United States. With the daughters’ approval, they said yes to the idea.

Among the highlights of Anna’s year:

--Two trips to Chicago, a trip to Florida over Christmas and a week in New Mexico over Spring Break to visit family members of the Carlsons’.

--Walking across the stage at graduation and going to prom. “It was weird to see how much money was spent on one night,” she noted.

--Visits to IKEA, located next to the Mall of America – “it felt like home” – she remarked and an addiction to peanut butter.

--Being a member of both the cross country and track teams. High School Guidance Counselor Steve Peterson stressed the importance of foreign exchange students getting involved in after-school activities so they became part of the school rather than being at school.

For more please read the June 11 print version of the Herald. 

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