Lions send five students overseas
Five St. Croix Central High School students were chosen in December by the Roberts Lions Club to travel overseas as part of the Lions Club foreign exchange programin July. Sadie Buckel won a scholarship that will pay for part of her expenses. The other four students, who will be sponsored by the Roberts Lions, are Logan Lipinski, Claire Hueg, Abby Harrington and Dana Queen. These four will be able to take part in the exchange program, but must pay their own way, said Lions Club member Deb Flettre.
“It’s such a life-changing experience for students,” Flettre said. “I try to get as many students to be able to go as possible.”
Flettre said usually juniors and sophomores apply for the exchange. They must complete an application and essay, which are judged by three Lions Club members with no affiliation to the school. They are individually interviewed by the judges panel.
Ten students applied this year, Flettre said. Applicants are judged on their applications, essays, articulation, knowledge of their country of choice to visit and confidence.
“It’s so impressive how these students have such amazing interview skills already,” Flettre said.
Students will stay with a host family for two weeks in their chosen country. They will then attend a Lions Camp in that country for two weeks, Flettre said.
“It’s just so fun watching them come back and how giddy they are,” Flettre said.
According to Buckel, students find out in May what country they will visit. Applicants list their top three countries on the application.
Buckel wants to go to Italy; Queen is hoping to go to Germany; Harrington would like to go to Spain; Hueg chose Denmark for her top choice. Lipinski was absent the day students were interviewed.
The Lions camps focus on sightseeing, culture and different things like sports, the arts and the environment, Hueg said.
Flettre said many local Lions Clubs are unaware of this opportunity. She plans to take former exchange participants Ben Phillips and Blake Flettre to the district conference in Eau Claire in March to make a presentation informing other clubs of the program.