AFS names PHS one of its top 100


Plymouth High School was recently among seven Wisconsin schools to be named to receive a special award from AFS for fostering global citizenship through intercultural learning. AFS students at Plymouth High School this past school year were (left to right) Sigrun Osp Adalgeirsdottir, Inigo Acedo-Fernandez, Najib Al Haddad, Magnus Tollefsrud, Luke Phillips, Muzamil Ali, Lala Chino, Miguel Reynoso Gonzalez, Laura Junemann and Rikke Damgaard. — Submitted photo Plymouth High School was recently among seven Wisconsin schools to be named to receive a special award from AFS for fostering global citizenship through intercultural learning. AFS students at Plymouth High School this past school year were (left to right) Sigrun Osp Adalgeirsdottir, Inigo Acedo-Fernandez, Najib Al Haddad, Magnus Tollefsrud, Luke Phillips, Muzamil Ali, Lala Chino, Miguel Reynoso Gonzalez, Laura Junemann and Rikke Damgaard. — Submitted photo AFS, a partnership of volunteer-based nonprofit organizations fostering intercultural engagement, recently named Plymouth High School as one of its 100 Top Schools.

This new award, received by seven Wisconsin schools, recognizes schools that have partnered with AFS in a variety of ways to foster global citizenship through intercultural learning — both inside and outside of the classroom — from hosting international students, sending students abroad and working with AFS-USA to incorporate intercultural and experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum.

In addition, PHS co-coordinator Ann Weeden was recognized along with 14 other AFS-USA volunteers during National Volunteer Week. She and her husband, Jon Weeden, have hosted eight AFS exchange students.

The PHS chapter is a very active one; in the past three years the school has hosted more AFS students than all other schools in the county combined. This year students came from Australia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Germany, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Spain and Yemen.

Eight of this year’s 12 AFS students attended a recent Board of Education meeting and indicated their favorite activities and what they’ll take back with them, ranging from lots of memories to macaroni and cheese.

“These students have immersed themselves in our schools as well as in our community,” AFS chapter rep Clare Sedlacek told the board.

She thanked district, its teachers and counselors for their support. She also thanked the community for serving as hosts and liaisons for the visiting students – and noted that host families are needed for next year.

“It will be hard thing to say goodbye, but it’s been a rich year for them,” Sedlacek said.

Anyone interested in hosting an AFS student or going on an AFS exchange, contact Clare Sedlacek at csedlacek@plymouth.k12.wi.us.


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