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German exchange students and pumpkins
High School South students and their German Exchange Program friends hold up their decorated pumpkins, just one of many American fall traditions the exchange students will sample during their two-week stay.

German exchange students in front of HSS

Oct. 28, 2022-- High School South proudly welcomed 14 students and two teachers from the Wilhelm-Hauff-Realschule in Pfullingen, Germany, who are currently in town for a two-week stay. These students, who arrived Oct. 21, are part of an exchange program run by Mr. DeMarco and Mrs. Walsh. Students spend their time living with host families in the area and attending school at HSS. Various cultural excursions are also part of the program, including trips to the boardwalk, Island Beach State Park, and New York City. Of course, attending football games and the Halloween Parade are on the itinerary, as well as participating in the many school-spirit-related activities South has to offer.

“The goal of this exchange program, now in its fourth year, is to provide students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience another culture as no tourist can,” said DeMarco, “and to foster cultural understanding and improve language skills.”

The 14 participants from South will then travel to Germany in July for the second half of the exchange, where they will spend two weeks living with families, attending school, and going on cultural excursions to nearby attractions.