Union High School has received national recognition for excellence in global education from EF Foundation for Foreign Study, the leader in high school exchange.

The EF Foundation Global Education Excellence Award is presented annually to high schools that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness. Union High School was one of a select group of high schools recognized across the United States for the 2012-13 school year.

“Union High School has shown an outstanding commitment to offering a global education,” said Dan Sodervall, President of EF Foundation. “By welcoming exchange students into the classrooms, Union High School has created new and unique learning opportunities not just for the exchange students, but for the American students and faculty as well.”

This year, Union High School welcomed one EF Foundation exchange student, Bella Noon from Australia. Not only was Bella accepted into the school, she became an integral part of the school’s academic and extracurricular life, involving the greater community in the exchange experience.

Bella was at Union High School for the Fall semester of 2012-2013.  She had a great time at Union High School.  She was able to be in the school play, which was wonderful for her because of her love for drama.  Some things she appreciated most about her experience at Union High School was the high school team spirit and friendliness of everyone, and how everyone knew everyone else.  She also enjoyed being part of an American family.  She will never forget her time in the LaPorte City area, and knows she will always be welcome here.

Local exchange coordinators Michael and Cecilia McCloud added, “We thank Union High School for welcoming one of this year’s students from around the globe. The community and visiting students shared an unforgettable experience thanks to the generosity of Union High School administration, teachers, students and families.”

To learn more about getting involved with high school exchange, contact Michael and Cecilia McCloud at 319-347-2744 or visit www.effoundation.org.

GLOBAL EDUCATION EXCELLENCE AWARD PRESENTED - Union High School Principal Travis Fleshner accepts this year’s award from EF Foundation exchange coordinator Michael McCloud. Photo courtesy of EF Foundation.

GLOBAL EDUCATION EXCELLENCE AWARD PRESENTED – Union High School Principal Travis Fleshner (right) accepts this year’s award from EF Foundation exchange coordinator Michael McCloud. Photo courtesy of EF Foundation.