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Letter: Speech, singing prom were special experiences

Hello Worthington,Here writes your 2017-2018 Crailsheim exchange student Lilo Herzig. I've kept myself very busy the last couple months. Speech was of course a big part of me being busy. Now that the season is over, I miss it a lot. During the la...

Hello Worthington,
Here writes your 2017-2018 Crailsheim exchange student Lilo Herzig. I’ve kept myself very busy the last couple months.

Speech was of course a big part of me being busy. Now that the season is over, I miss it a lot. During the last month of speech I advanced to the final round at the Fairmont meet, I placed seventh at the Big South conference and advanced to sectionals. Speech brought me so much joy and will always have a special place in my heart. As well as all my nice teammates and our two coaches.

Another thing that will always have a special place in my heart is singing, especially in the high school choir. At the solo and ensemble contest last April, I performed a German solo piece. Miss Johnson helped me to prepare and we worked hard, mainly on me and my nervousness as well as my piece. I had never sung a solo in front of an audience before. But all the hard work paid off, and I ended up getting the superior rank for my performance.

The spring concert was also one of my definite highlights. We all sang together for one last time and as nice as it was, I ended up crying for quite a while after the last song. It seems so surreal to me that most of the things I’m doing at the moment or I’m about to do are most of the time not only a “first” but also a “last.”

One special first and also last I experienced was prom. Together with some of my friends we went prom dress shopping. I felt like a character in some high school movie - and I enjoyed it. Prom was overall a very special experience. Especially because we don’t have anything like prom in Germany.

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Over Easter I went on a little adventure to Florida. Before I came to the U.S. last summer, my grandma told me about how we have relatives in the U.S. Over the years, my relatives in the U.S. and my family lost contact, but my grandma and I were lucky enough to find their recent address in Sarasota, Fla.

So, over Easter, I got invited by my third cousin, Harold, and his wife Joy. The trip was a lot of fun, and it was great to reconnect with a part of my family I barely knew about before.

After I came back from Florida I turned in my dog for a cat and moved to my third and last host family. My new family is the Ludes family - Mark, Lisa, Claire, Jeffrey and the tailless cat, Dilly.

In only a few weeks all my friends and I will walk down the gym in our matching robes and caps. I can't believe how fast everything is going. I'm ending my American high school career with the classes Culture & Cuisine, Spanish, choir, Trojan News and sociology.

Soon, Grace Moody and I will step aside and let the “new generation” have their turn. Liss-Marie  Huss will represent Crailsheim next year, and Chloe Bents will represent Worthington. I'm already very proud of both of them.

I can't wait to show my new American sister, Chloe, Germany and Worthington’s great sister city, Crailsheim.

Until I write again...

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