Kashaf Iqbal is from Sialkot, Pakistan, and providence Punjab. Kashaf will be staying with the Adams family and coming to school with Paige Adams. When asked about New Haven High School, she said it is very different than her school in Pakistan, but she likes it so far. She says the hardest thing is the homework assignments. Kashaf also misses her friends and teachers at her old school, though she has particularly liked Mrs.Hausmann’s classes. When talking about tests like the ACT, she stated that they have something in tenth grade that if one scores well, he/she may be able to get a scholarship or even half off all college fees. When talking about student life in New Haven, Kashaf has noticed the unique athletic style and says she doesn't think of it as weird, just different. Thanks to the Adams family, she has also been able to find a new favorite food: lasagna with zucchini. And lastly, when Kashef was asked why she chose to come to America as a foreign exchange student, she said she wanted to share her culture and to learn more about America.
Luna Tomasi is from Trento, Italy. Luna will be staying all school year with the Patakys and coming to school with Dominick Pataky. When Luna was asked about how she likes New Haven High School, she said that she has really enjoyed the block-schedule with four classes a day. Something very similar to the ACT is in her school and is provided at the end of 5 years in high school for her state. She says that understanding the language can be really difficult at times. What she misses the most is her friends back home and having her phone by her. The Subway in town may make it easier, though. Luna loves Subway food and may consider it her favorite. Her favorite teacher is Mr. Tucker because she thinks he is funny and she understands the rules of his classroom. Something else she finds funny is the style of New Havens students. When asked about if it was weird, all she had to say was: “YES!” Lastly, for Luna, her decision to come to America as a foreign exchange student was mostly based on the fact that everyone in Italy loves America and also she was ready for the experience.
Nele Granse is from Hamburg, Germany. Nele will be staying the school year with the Nixon family and attending school with Lindsay Nixon. When asked about school in New Haven, Nele said it is a very nice school with friendly people, though the rules are strict. The ACT, she thinks, sounds very similar to exams at the end of the year but not close to anything else. Another thing that is different is the clothes she says we wear. “We don't wear sport clothes in school,” says Nele. Speaking of Nele’s school in Germany, she says the hardest thing is not having her phone in school, as well as no breaks! Things that make life easier for her here would be frozen custard and Mrs.Hausmann’s nice smile, though English class is difficult. And finally, Nele’s reason for coming to America is because she wanted to experience our school spirit and togetherness as a school since it isn’t quite like that at her school. She loves the supportive teams and our culture. These are the new students of New Haven High from countries around the world. They are here in the area and are getting uses to their surroundings. Lets make sure they get a warm welcome from the people of New Haven. -by Tenille Duessler