Foreign Exchange StudentsLights, Camera, Action
MISD foreign exchange students participated in a cultural exchange with the Midland County Commissioners this morning. Channel 7 news even interviewed some of our students for their story on the days proceedings. I gave a brief introduction about our current foreign exchange student program and explained that all of our foreign exchange companies must go through a review of applications by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) in order to be granted a Full J-1 Inbound Certification. MISD foreign exchange students talked to the Midland County Commissioners about themselves and about their home countries. We had 9 countries represented including Serbia, Philippines, Mongolia, Germany, France, Italy, Thailand, Brazil, and one student from Premiere High School was there from Spain. Eight of the students attend MSHS and 2 attend LSHS. Commissioner Randy Prude presented each student an official Certificate of Recognition from the Midland County Commissioners.Afterwards we were directed upstairs for a brief introduction to an American courtroom by the Honorable George D. Gilles, Presiding Judge of the 142nd District Court. Judge Gilles talked about what happens in our judicial system locally and then explained where each party sits in the courtroom and what he/she does. The foreign exchange students were even allowed to sit in the jurors box for a question and answer time. Later the students then took a guided tour of the District Attorney's and Investigators offices.The "U.S. High Schools' Guide on International Student Exchange" Section 4 " Model School Policy on International Student Exchange" says that it is the school's responsibility to help foreign exchange students spread the word about their countries and themselves, both informally and formally by making presentations in classes and to community groups and by talking to the media when asked.MISD currently works with 4 exchange companies: International Student Exchange, Youth for Understanding, SHARE!, and Greenheart Exchange. We also have 1 student who is in Midland on a Rotary Youth Exchange program sponsored by the Downtown Rotary.