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Manhattan High School recognized for international exchange program

By The Mercury

Last week, Manhattan High School was commended by Secretary of State John Kerry for hosting exchange students sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Kerry issued the commendation to schools across the country that support public diplomacy through the program.

President Jorge Castro of AFS Intercultural Programs USA (formerly the American Field Service), said the organization wanted to expresses how proud it was to work in educational partnership with the school and its leaders.

“By opening their doors to host exchange students, Manhattan High School is providing all students with opportunities to increase their global awareness and cultural understanding as they continue on the path toward becoming global citizens and the kind of leaders this world needs,” Castro said.

AFS-USA is an organization that promotes intercultural learning through non-profit exchange programs.

Manhattan High School has been involved with AFS for 53 years. During that time it has hosted about 180 AFS students and sent 48 of their own students on AFS programs abroad.

They have one of the most active AFS clubs in the state of Kansas, with both an adult club and a student club that regularly hosts events throughout the community, according to the AFS website.

“Thank you Manhattan High School. We hope that more schools will follow the example you have set by hosting young people from around the world and encouraging US students to have a similar experience abroad,” Castro said.

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