Local teens part of international exchange
by Matt Schroeder
Three local high school students will be travelling to Germany as international exchange students.
Ashli Lovitt of Inglemoor High School will spend her junior year in Germany as the recipient of a Congress-Bundestag scholarship.
She has been interested in Germany ever since her second grade teacher, who was German, started teaching her and the class to speak the language.
Lovitt received a welcome letter from her host family recently. She will spend her first month sharing a room with the family's 13-year-old daughter in the city of Geilenkirchen, near the borders of Belgium and Luxembourg.
While in Germany, she hopes to do some traveling to nearby countries.
Tracy Lufkin of Bothell will spend one semester in Germany before returning home to graduate with the rest of Bothell High School's class of 1997.
Lufkin first heard about the Youth for Understanding exchange program from a representative speaking to her class. After being accepted, she sought out exchange students at Bothell High to find out what it was like in preparation for her trip.
She is looking forward to the exchange, because this will be the first time she has traveled outside the U.S., not counting Canada.
Alexandra (Lexi) Savitch, a Lake Washington High School student living in Bothell, will spend her junior year living in Ruhstorf, a city in the Bavarian region of Germany.
She was encouraged to apply for the Congress-Bundestag scholarship by her German teacher, Miss Stroud. After a series of essays and interviews, she was declared a semifinalist, eligible for a half-scholarship.
She will cover the other half of the expenses using money from her job as a ski instructor last winter, plus contributions from her parents. She considers this program an opportunity to pursue her two special interests, skiing and music.