As school approaches, exchange students touch down in Walla Walla - Etcetera - 8/16/13


With a new school year comes a fresh crop of exchange students from around the world.

Walla Wallan Linnea Keatts greeted three of the youths on Aug. 9 at the Pasco Airport.

The AFS/YES students are getting settled and will attend Walla Walla High School through spring.

Edith and Fred Liebrand will host Mathika Fatin Klongsamut of Thailand; Valter Serafim of Mozambique will stay with host family Ruth and John Ladderud; and Ecem Turkkan of Turkey is being hosted by Tim and Susan Bennett.

Martin Ortiz Suarez from Argentina will arrive on Aug. 23 and stay with Barry and Chris Blackman.

A gathering to greet and welcome the newcomers will be the evening of Aug. 25 at the home of Robert and Linnea Keatts. Call 525-0049 for more details.

According to its website, AFS-USA sends approximately 1,100 participants abroad. They welcome 2,300 international high school exchange students into the U.S. More than 5,000 volunteers in America support the program, which partners with 2,100 U.S. schools through hosting and sending.

AFS is a worldwide, nonprofit organization that has offered international high school student exchange for nearly 70 years. For more details, see .

An additional slate of students has been named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society that the school didn’t include in a release included in the Thursday Etcetera column.

Also honored for academic achievement by the honors society for maintaining a 3.75 GPA during the spring semester are Tre Hazelbaker, Waitsburg; Bethany Konen, Preston Loomer, Victoria Reardon and Alyssa Smyth, all of Walla Walla.

Whitworth, in Spokane, is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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