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Monroe County Sets a new Record in Study Abroad

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (May 6, 2019)


“We are notifying the first 37 early admission students from Monroe County, Florida who have been accepted by The Experiment in International Living to participate in our international cross-cultural programs this summer 2019,” Dr. Aaron Morehouse, Executive Director, announced today. “These students will be traveling to 16 different countries and 23 different programs.”


Heather Beard, Director of Admissions explained, “With 37 students participating this summer, Monroe County has the highest number of students participating than any other county in the U.S., outside of the New York City metro area.”


“Twelve of the accepted students participate in Monroe County’s Take Stock in Children program. They will join 25 other Monroe County students selected to receive partial merit-based scholarships through the exclusive Global Leaders Essay Contest,” Morehouse said.


“We have more vacancies available in certain programs for additional Monroe students, if they apply right away. Students should contact me directly at 802-258-3412 or at heather.beard@experiment.org,” Beard said.


“The Experiment actively recruits students from Monroe County, Florida, and we were invited to give presentations at Key West High School, Marathon High School, and Coral Shores High School. We also expanded our outreach to Monroe County this year both in person and online via social media,” Beard said.


The 37 early accepted students are from three high schools:


Coral Shores High School |
Caroline Althouse, 11th grade, Thailand: From Ancient Temples to Bangkok Group 1
Isabel Betancourt, 10th grade, Costa Rica (4 weeks): Biodiversity, Ecology & Sustainability
August Borski, 10th grade, Spain: Spanish Language & Culture
*Colin Campbell, 10th grade, Ecuador: The Galápagos Islands & the Andes
*Jesse Ferrante, 9th grade, Italy: Italian Language & Culinary Training
Oceana Gross, 9th grade, France: Cultural Discovery Group 2
Luke Gutierrez, 11th grade, Tanzania: African Cultures & Landscapes
Ashley Hilson, 10th grade, Thailand: From Ancient Temples to Bangkok Group 1
Madeline Langley, 9th grade, Thailand: From Ancient Temples to Bangkok Group 2
April Klein, 11th grade, Japan: Japanese Language & Culture
*Jack Lindsey, 10th grade, Argentina: Community Service & the Great Outdoors
*Antonio Molina, 11th grade, Spain: Technology & Innovation in Urban Culture
Hailey Pacyna, 12th grade, Italy: Italian Language & Culinary Training


Key West High School |
Mariyam Akhmetkaliyeva, 11th grade, Mongolia: Nomadic Culture & Outdoor Adventure
Eric Barter, 10th grade, Thailand: From Ancient Temples to Bangkok Group 1
*Emily Bracher, 10th grade, United Kingdom: Journalism & Media
Jacob Clegg, 10th grade, France: Cultural Discovery Group 2
Paul Crespo, 10th grade, France: Cultural Discovery Group 1
Rileigh Cullum, 9th grade, Thailand: From Ancient Temples to Bangkok Group 1
Kersha Duvain, 10th grade, South Africa: Leadership & Social Change
Wendy Galo, 11th grade, Italy: Italian Language & Culinary Training
Juliette Jutte, 9th grade, Thailand: From Ancient Temples to Bangkok Group 2
*Jamison Klettheimer, 9th grade, Germany: International Relations & The E.U.
Kevin Martinez, 10th grade, Mongolia: Nomadic Culture & Outdoor Adventure
Noel Nelson, 9th grade, Argentina: Community Service & the Great Outdoors
Analise Ramsingh, 10th grade, The Netherlands: LGBTQ+ Rights & Advocacy
*Ashley Rodriguez, 10th grade, France: Cultural Discovery Group 1
Addison Sessoms, 9th grade, Italy: Italian Language & Culinary Training
Kelly Smyth, 11th grade, India: Indian Culture & Traditions
Landon Stotts, 10th grade, Morocco: From the Mediterranean to the Sahara
Gillian Weinhofer, 9th grade, Spain: Cultural Discovery
Cassadee Wellings, 11th grade, Italy: Italian Language & Culinary Training


Marathon High School |
Irismel Cisneros, 11th grade, Thailand: From Ancient Temples to Bangkok
*Daniel Ornelas, 11th grade, The Netherlands: LGBTQ+ Rights & Advocacy
Luis Parrado Jr., 11th grade, Argentina: Community Service & The Great Outdoors
Christian Ruiz, 12th grade, Spain: Spanish Language & Culture
Elizabeth Wright, 11th grade, Japan: Japanimation | Anime & Manga


The Experiment received more than 750 submissions to the County Global Leaders Essay Contest. Of the 37 travelers, eight students (noted with an asterisk above) submitted one of the top 35 essays to the Global Leaders Essay Contest and will receive certificates of recognition for their winning essays.


The following additional 27 finalists of the Global Leaders Essay Contest submitted one of the top 35 essays, and will also receive certificates of recognition, but are not traveling this summer:


Coral Shores High School |
Christine Aleman, 10th grade
Caitlyn Casariego, 10th grade
Clayton Conley, 10th grade
Molly Gahagen, 11th grade
Alex Gutierrez, 10th grade
Donovan Hassen, 10th grade
Vanessa Pelaez, 10th grade
Nathaniel Pontefract, 10th grade
Jacquelyn Wiktorek, 10th grade

Key West High School |
Camden Bakke, 10th grade
Sarah Centonze, 10th grade
Celine Charles, 9th grade
Nataly Cisneros, 9th grade
Sophia Da Silva, 9th grade
Isabella Dell'Api, 10th grade
Isabella Deras Lopez, 10th grade
Gemma Egan, 10th grade
Lola Fettis, 9th grade
Natasha Galo, 9th grade
Ervin Gallo-Tumm, 9th grade
Amaya Guardiola-Guerrero, 9th grade
Preston Herce, 9th grade
Connor Lee, 9th grade
Emma Louchheim, 9th grade
Abigail Moscoso, 10th grade
Dania Perez, 9th grade
Hannah Prescher, 10th grade


“Monroe’s students will depart beginning on June 29th in small groups with other curious students from across the U.S. and abroad for a life-changing experience this summer,” according to Dr. Morehouse.