A Message from the Principal

An appeal to the Cathedral community . . .

to open your home and your hearts to an international student! Cathedral is looking for families who are interested in learning about another culture and developing an international friendship. The great thing about hosting an international student at this time is your commitment is for just one semester (or less in the case of one of the students). These are the students who need a host family:

1)Chester from China. Chester started at CHS in the fall of 2013. He is currently a junior. He is playing basketball on Cathedral's Junior Varsity. Other interests include tennis, music and volunteering. Chester likes pets and is comfortable around both dogs and cats. He intends to study engineering or finance at an American university. Chester needs a host family starting around second semester (January 22, 2014) through the end of the school year.

2)Junior from Africa has been at CHS for a few years. He is currently in 9th grade. He needs a host family from mid March until the end of the school year. Junior is an excellent student and plans to participate in track and field this spring. He also loves dogs.

3)David from China is starting at CHS second semester (January 22, 2014). He will be in the 11th grade. This will be his first time enrolling at an American high school although he was in the US for 15 days in 2011. He thinks he may want to attend UCLA to pursue his undergraduate degree just a year and a half from now. He is considering a degree in civil engineering or maybe a medical program. David's other interests include basketball, soccer, computers, drawing and studying history. One teacher describes David as a favorite student who is "smart, outgoing and honest" and someone who "likes to communicate with people from different countries." His English skills are quite strong. Families who host an international student are given a generous monthly stipend as well as support from CHS. In addition, many events are held throughout the year for international students and their host families to help them integrate into our community. And in the words of Bonnie Hopke (current host mother to Melissa from Colombia and who had the most reservations about hosting an international student), "My only regret is that we didn't host a student earlier."

If you are interested in hosting any of these students or have more questions, please contact Rebecca Brown-Medvec (320-257-2145or rbrown-medvec@cathedralcrusaders.org) at your earliest convenience.

THANKS for your consideration of this important request and for your partnership in building a stronger, better Cathedral!