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Foreign exchange student Muzamil Umar hopes to change perceptions of Pakistan

Sharing his Pakistani culture through the  Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) program, sophomore Muzamil Umar wears a  shalwar kameez and a khapol to school. Umar has enjoyed sharing his culture through clothes and presentations to his classes.

Caroline Briscoe, Convergent Media Writer

February 14, 2019

Sixteen-year-old Muzamil Umar traveled 7,556 miles across the globe from Pakistan to attend school as a foreign exchange student his sophomore year. When Umar was just a kid, he received information about the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) program. “I was preparing myself for...

From playing piano in Thailand to marching in the band

Junior Aim Achalapong plays synthesizer at the Edwardsville Tiger Ambush Classic Marching Band Festival. Achalapong learned to play piano in Thailand and decided to join the marching band for the year she was here.

Anna Pavlisin, Staff Writer

October 26, 2018

While living with alumnus Luke Whitten’s family for her junior year, Thai exchange student Aim Achalapong has joined the marching band as a synthesizer player. After encouragement from her dad to come to the United States, Aim decided to become an exchange student. “A lot of people from my s...

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