Parker School is hosting four international high-school students for the 2012-2013 school year. The students-three of whom are visiting from Germany, and one from Russia-have come to Parker through two different organizations, the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI) and the International Hospitality Center (IHC).
Maksim Ionin, a 10th grader from Russia, came through CCI, a non-profit international educational exchange organization based in Chicago which, according to its website, is “dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding, academic development, environmental consciousness and world peace.” German students Max Elster (10th grade), Alisa Schill (10th grade), and Marlon Lumper (11th grade), are at Parker School via IHC, a Hawaii-based organization that provides, according to its website, “cross-cultural learning and international exchange opportunities” to students from 48 countries around the world.
Parker School Assistant Head Shellie Gressard said, “Our foreign students, who are carefully selected by their governments and exchange programs, lend an international perspective to our own already rich multi-cultural environment here at Parker and on the Big Island.”
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