Six Boardman, Fitch and Cardinal Mooney students, accompanied by exchange coordinators Sieglinde and Larry Warren and YSU education senior Cameron Carter, recently returned from Germany, where they stayed in the homes of students they had hosted this past fall. Hennef is located on the Rhine River in west Central Germany near Cologne.
The German hosts planned many activities for their American guests. Among these activities were visiting the Mayor of Hennef, Mr. Pipke, and an all day trip on the Rhine, which included viewing the Seven Hills of the Rhineland, the town of Siegburg, as well as the former German capital, Bonn.
They toured the city of Cologne and viewed the city from a bridge on the Rhine River. The group also had the opportunity to spend a day in the German capital, Berlin, where they walked along the remnant of the Berlin Wall and visited the Checkpoint Charlie Museum.
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Pictured by the Rhine with a view of the Cologne Cathedral are the Ohio students with some of their German hosts. Seated are German hosts Nadja Kappelar, Luca Klein and Michael Sartor, and in back are Tabea Neff, Emily Henline of Fitch, Nina Knott, Jenna DeLaurentis of Boardman, Alex Apicella of Cardinal Mooney, Alina Domagala, Nathan Kalinay of Fitch, Sieglinde Warren, Leon Breit, Robin Lorenz and Larry Warren.
While in Germany, the students also had the opportunity to experience the World Cup excitement with their hosts.
This is the ninth year that the exchange with the Gesamtschule in Hennef has taken place. A tenth exchange is planned with the same German school in November of 2014 with 8 to 12 German students and two teachers arriving for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The goal of the exchange is to provide an opportunity for the German and Mahoning Valley students to experience each other's culture in their home and school.