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Central High Hosting French Students as Part of Planned Exchange
Central High Hosting French Students as Part of Planned Exchange

Central High School is hosting 20 students and their two chaperones from a high school in Northern France. The exchange students, who attend Lycée Darchicourt in Hénin-Beaumont will be in Macon for two weeks. They arrived Saturday, February 9.

Valentín Bec said they will attend classes and visit popular tourist attractions like the Hay House, World of Coca-Cola and CNN. It’s his first visit to the United States.

“We love the city (Macon) it’s really beautiful," he said. "My host family is so nice.”

Central High senior Mariah Holness has one of the French students, Pauline Zenati, staying with her. She plans to take her skating and to a movie.

“It’s been really fun," she said. "She’s really agreeable. She wants to do anything I want to do. She just wants to be immersed in the American culture.”

Central High students will travel to France as part of the exchange from March 15 to April 5. They will spend one week in Paris and two weeks in Hénin-Beaumont. They will also take field trips to Brussels and Bruges in Belgium and to Lille and World War I battlefields in France. The students will be accompanied by two Central French teachers, Genie McMillan and James Caldwell.

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