Secretary of State awards Zionsville Community High School

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Secretary of State John Kerry issued a communication to exceptional schools in the U.S. that support public diplomacy efforts by hosting high school exchange students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Kerry names Zionsville Community High School as one of the top schools in the country leading student exchange programs.

Current in Zionsville received the following letter from former exchange student and ZCHS exchange program supporter, Jorge Castro.

Editor,

Last week, US Secretary of State, John F. Kerry, issued a communication to exceptional schools in the US that support public diplomacy efforts by hosting high school exchange students sponsored by the US Department of State. AFS has just learned that Zionsville Community High School received this commendation from Secretary Kerry, and we want to express how proud we are to work in educational partnership with this outstanding school and
its visionary leaders.

Nearly 30 years ago, I was welcomed into a US high school as an exchange student from Argentina. The experiences I had while living with a host
family, attending school, and becoming a member of a community are what led me to an international career and eventually to become the President
of AFS-USA.

As global headlines continue to focus on issues of conflict that affect us all, regardless of where we live, I cannot think of anything more important than creating opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds to understand one another better.

By opening their doors to host exchange students, Zionsville Community High School is provid-ing all students with opportunities to increase their global awareness and cultural understanding as they continue on the path towards becoming global citizens and the kind of leaders this world needs.

The AFS mission is to help build a more just and peaceful world. Our work would be impossible if not for the outstanding educators, host families, and volunteers who recognize the importance of global exchange.

Thank you Zionsville Community High School. We hope that more schools will follow the example you have set by hosting young people from around the world and encouraging US students to have a similar experience abroad.

Jorge Castro

President, AFS-USA and a former AFS Exchange Student to Paw-Paw, Michigan


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