Elk Grove Students Earn Scholarships for Overseas Exchange Studies

May 29, 2014 | As high school seniors prepare for graduation, other area students are preparing to say good bye to their parents a...



May 29, 2014 |

As high school seniors prepare for graduation, other area students are preparing to say good bye to their parents and their communities to travel thousands of miles across the world to experience something new thanks to AFS.

Among those set to travel overseas for studies are Franklin High School, Elk Grove, students Adrian Espinoza and Erica Feasel. They will join Brianna Halsey of Oak Ridge High School, Margot Dieu of C.K. McClatchy High School, and Brooke Leonard of Rio Americano High School.

Each has been awarded a scholarship in the amount of $2,000 from AFS Intercultural Programs/USA. The scholarships were made possible by donations from local volunteers and friends of the AFS Silver & Gold Team.

Espinoza, whose parents are Pablo Espinoza and Nancy Chaires, and Krista and Mark Furuta, will study in a high school for the 2014-2015 year and live with a host family in Spain. Espinoza has been a member of the Elk Grove Youth Commission. He enjoys spending time with his friends, watching movies, and playing sports.

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity of becoming an AFS student,” Espinoza said. “Aside from what I have learned about it from my Dad and my uncle, I have had a chance to be exposed to other AFS kids my own age.

Erica Feasel, daughter of Arthur Feasel and Eileen Marqueling-Feasel, will learn Japanese at a language school while living with a host family in Japan this summer. Feasel enjoys community service, the performing arts, and working with animals. She is also a member of the 4H club.

“My motivation to apply for AFS is my strong interest in other cultures. I’ve had only a small amount of exposure to foreign cultures, and I want to learn even more," Feasel said. "It’s something that has always made me curious, and I think the best way to learn is to be fully immersed.”


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