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Two Exceptional Foreign Exchange Students Thriving and Excelling at JEHS

Jordan-Elbridge High School proudly celebrates the remarkable achievements of two exceptional foreign exchange students, whose dedication, talent, and passion have greatly enriched the school community.

Mr. Gonzalo Garcia-Vinas from Spain, and Mr. Abdulaziz ‘Aziz’ Alneamah from Kuwait, have demonstrated exceptional academic prowess, cultural exchange, and community involvement since joining JEHS for the 2023-2024 academic year. Their commitment to academic excellence and involvement in various extracurricular activities has not only enhanced their personal growth but also contributed significantly to the school's multicultural environment.

Aziz, who said he really started to learn and understand English while watching Netflix’s hit show “The Crown” back in Kuwait, says his teachers and fellow peers have comfortably helped him make significant strides in mastering the English language. When asked why it has been such a seamless transition at JE, Aziz pointed to one word: family.

“Jordan-Elbridge is a very small school compared to my school in Kuwait, but I feel like that is an advantage because everyone is like family; I know everyone,” said Aziz. “I thought it would take me months to make friends, but in just one week of me being here, I believe I made more friends than I have in Kuwait!” 

As these students approach the culmination of their exchange program, JEHS eagerly anticipates celebrating their accomplishments and witnessing the lasting influence they will undoubtedly carry forward in their academic and personal pursuits.

Principal Mark Schermerhorn expressed his admiration for Gonzalo and Aziz, stating, "Their presence at our school has not only enhanced our diversity but has also fostered a deeper understanding and appreciation for different cultures among our students. They serve as ambassadors of goodwill, while inspiring their peers."

Earlier this month, the United States Department of State awarded Jordan-Elbridge High School a Certificate of Appreciation “for promoting mutual understanding, respect, and tolerance among future generations of global leaders by supporting the U.S. Department of State’s CBYX, FLEX, and YES programs.”

By enrolling U.S. Department of State-sponsored Grant Scholarship Students, JEHS has become a U.S.A Medallion School. This prestigious honor for JEHS sets them apart from other schools by demonstrating a commitment to academic and cultural enrichment for their students through international exchange.

“Our foreign exchange programs embody the spirit of inclusivity and global citizenship,” said Schermerhorn. “Participating in foreign exchange student programs not only enriches the lives of our students but also contributes to the fabric of our school, fostering a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity and mutual respect among our student body.”

Jordan-Elbridge Central School District’s commitment to the success of its foreign exchange programs reflect its dedication to preparing students for a globally interconnected world. By offering a supportive and inclusive environment, the school ensures that each participant gains a deeper understanding and appreciation for different cultures.

The district extends its gratitude to the host families, faculty, staff, and the broader community for their unwavering support in making our foreign exchange programs a resounding success.
Superintendent: James R. Froio
Phone: 315.689.8500
Address: 9 N. Chappell St., PO Box 902 | Jordan, NY 13080