Exchange students thankful for the experiences and memories
“From my first day I laughed, learned and enjoyed,” said Jennifer Jerez.
Jennifer and Lisa were the two foreign exchange students that were welcomed to Olney this school year. The two were hosted by Ronnie and Kelli Cobb. Ronnie is the vice president at Cemco, and Kelli is a police officer in Olney. Both students have been in Olney for 10 months and now have a new perspective on life.
“Since I was little, I liked to know new places, learn new cultures and that’s why I’m doing my exchange year - as it showed me another perspective of life,” Jennifer said. She spoke in detail about the Cobb family--stating that “they brought out my best smiles and gave me the best moments from the first day. They marked my life in a way that I will always remember. I am - and will always be - grateful for everything they have done for me by making me feel at home.” Jennifer is 18 years old and is from Ecuador. Lisa Doan is 16 and is from Germany. Lisa participated in many activities during her time in Olney--including band and One-Act Play. She played violin and saxophone during concert band season and enjoyed marching with the Pride of Olney for football games. The two students didn’t just stay in the same host home, Jennifer and Lisa became sisters. They both discussed the many memories they have made in Olney - including trips to Grapevine, Fredericksburg, New Mexico and the Hunt House. “It was very kind for Mrs. Perry to let us stay at the Hunt House so we were able to see more places and make even more memories,” Lisa said. “Unfortunately, my time in Olney is almost over, but I’m thankful for all the experiences and memories I was able to make and I want to thank all the friendly people I’ve met throughout the year, especially my family here in Olney who welcomed me with open arms and is there for me no matter what. This year has been a blast and Olney will always have a special place in my heart.”