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Exchange students experience a year in Monroe
Mariana de Oliveira, left, from Brazil, and Eva-Maria Mueller, from Germany, point to their names on the Monroe High School plaque that recognizes exchange students since 1963. Both students spent the 2016-17 school year in Monroe, living with local families. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - For high school students, their international exchange experience is not a year in a life, but rather a life in a year. Eva-Maria Mueller from Germany and Mariana de Oliveira from Brazil, 2016-17 AFS exchange students, agree that they packed a lifetime of memories into their time in Monroe. They arrived in Monroe in the fall of 2016 with an open mind, ready to experience a new culture, become part of an American family, attend school and live in a Midwestern town.