Chad Balster: 1993-1994 Exchange Student
Chad's year in Crailsheim had a family connection
Hach (Altenmunster), Kuehnle (Grundelhardt), Pfaender (Ingersheim), Lehmann (Honhardt)
Fondest memory of my year in Crailsheim:
Being able to welcome my brother (Nick Balster) to Crailsheim at the end of my year (93-94), and the beginning of his year (94-95). I was able to show him all the excellent sights like the "Wasserturm" as well as the best bike paths to get around his new home.
How the year abroad changed me:
The year abroad changed me by making me a citizen of the world, where I was not only an ambassador from the USA, but also a fellow Crailshiemer. The sister cities program is invaluable to promoting understanding between cultures that goes through the generations. I'm proud to have participated not only in this program, but also the sister cities program of my current home, Louisville. In 2014 I was able to perform in an arts festival in Perm, Russia via a similar exchange.
Copies of the book "Worthington & Crailsheim: 75 Years of Partnership" are available for purchase at the Nobles County Historical Society in downtown Worthington.