South Korean Student Delegation Visits Leonardtown

October 01, 2010

Students and faculty from South Korea arrived in the Washington area to meet with students at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland.

Gimhae Foreign Language High School is a sister school of St. Mary’s Ryken. The group met face to face for the first time this week. Demonstrations of lacrosse, football, cheerleading were presented. Mini tours of the school were hosted and musical performances from the band and pep band were performed.

The St. Mary’s Ryken Sister School Program is an outreach campus ministry program created to encourage friendship, understanding, and shared learning between students and teachers at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in the United States, Roeka in Germany, Collegio San Carlo in Italy and GIMFL in South Korea. This program globally connects classrooms at St. Mary’s Ryken with those in Europe and Asia. Students exchange correspondence, pictures, project work and creative materials depicting life in their schools, communities and countries.

Gimhae Foreign Language High School, or GIMFL, is a public, coeducational, college preparatory high school founded in 2006. It is the only public foreign language school in the Gyeongsangnam-do Province of South Korea.

St. Mary’s Ryken has proudly hosted more than 35 international students from countries such as Canada, Italy, England, France, Germany, Romania, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. Several of the St. Mary’s Ryken international graduates have gone on to American colleges and universities. The St. Mary’s Ryken community enjoys the cultural diversity the international students bring. More visits with other students from countries around the globe are planned for the future.

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