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Central High School Receives National Award for Foreign Exchange Program



Hazelwood Central High School received national recognition for excellence in global education from Education First High School Exchange Year (EF), the leader in high school exchange programs.

The EF High School Exchange Year Global Education Excellence Award is presented annually to high schools that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness. Hazelwood Central was one in a select group of high schools recognized across the U.S. for the 2017-18 school year. 

 “Central High School has shown an outstanding commitment to offering a global education,” said Bob Fredette, president of EF High School Exchange Year. “By welcoming exchange students into the classrooms, Hazelwood Central has created new and unique learning opportunities for not just the exchange students, but for other high school students and faculty as well."

Last year, Hazelwood Central welcomed one EF High School Exchange Year exchange students. Not only was the student accepted into the school, but she became an integral part of the school's academic and extracurricular life and involved the greater community in the exchange experience. This year Hazelwood Central has three exchange students from the EF High School Exchange Year.

“My experience at Hazelwood Central has been amazing,” said Alessandra EF student from Italy “I was able to participate in cheerleading and on the swim team which were things I would not have had the opportunity to try back home. One of the things I appreciate most about my time at Hazelwood Central is how welcoming everyone made me; I will never forget my period in St. Louis, MO and I know I will always be welcome here.”

Local exchange coordinator Dorothy Glenn added, "We thank Hazelwood Central for welcoming students from around the globe. The community and visiting students are able to share an unforgettable experience thanks to the generosity of Hazelwood Central students, teachers, administration, and families."