Memphis Students Travel to Czech Republic for MIM Exchange

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Thanks to Memphis Daily News for publishing this story.

Nine Memphis-area high school students are spending a week studying in the Czech Republic as part of the Memphis in May International Festival’s annual Student Exchange Program.

The students, who left Memphis Friday, March 2, will study at Cesko-Anglicke Gymnazium in the city of Ceské Budejovice. During the exchange, they will stay with local host families and travel to selected areas of the country, including Prague, to visit museums, historic castles and iconic architecture before returning to Memphis Saturday, March 10.

The nine participants were chosen based on academics, community service and communication skills, and completed an essay as part of their application. They represent a variety of schools – Houston High, Lausanne Collegiate School, Middle College High, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Craigmont High, Hollis Price Middle College High and White Station High – and are accompanied by a chaperone from Kingsbury High.

“From the beginning, part of our mission has been to build international relationships, and the relationships our local students will develop with their host families and schools during their stay in the Czech Republic while immersing themselves in the culture can be life-changing,” James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival, said in a statement.

The student exchange, which started in 1989, is open to juniors and seniors at Shelby County public, private and authorized home schools. As part of the program, a small group of students from the Czech Republic will travel to Memphis to study and stay with local host families.

Memphis in May kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival May 4-6. Other events include International Week (May 7-13), the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May 16-19) and the Great American River Run and 901Fest (both May 26).

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