Students participating in the first-year International Scholars Program at Niskauna High School talked about their experiences so far in a presentation to the Board of Education on Tuesday, December 16. The five students from across the world participating in the program this year, along with four Niskayuna High School students, discussed the value of the program to them as individuals and to the high school as a whole.
The international scholars are from Turkey, Germany, Austria, and China (two students.) They said they have appreciated the opportunity to develop their language skills, and have been impressed with the tolerant atmosphere at the high school, the ability Niskayuna High School students have to choose courses and take ownership of their education, and the variety of clubs and school activities.
The American students talked about the value of cultural exchanges that they had participated in. They said that having the international students at the high school had helped them develop a more substantive global perspective, which they expect to help in both the college process and throughout life.
The International Scholars Program is coordinated by Ed Alston Sr. If you are interested in more information, including potentially serving as a host family, contact EAlston@niskyschools.org, or visit www.niskyschools.org/ISP.