Rock Falls Rotary & Host Parents Say "Goodbye" to Youth Exchange Student

Rotary Youth Exchange students spend 11 months in another culture. Marguerita Maroni, known as Maggie, spent those last 11 months in the Rock Falls area experiencing what American life as a teenager is like and perfecting her English language while here. Rock Falls Rotary hosted her as a student at Rock Falls High School, but it was the three families who welcomed her into their homes to have her experience the American midwestern lifestyle. The Farewell was bitter sweet, as she said, "Goodbye, until we meet again" to members of the club and her host family members to return to her family in Italy.
 
Front Row: (left to right): Rhonda Conklen, host mother; 'Eye', Exchange Student from Thailand in Sterling; Kolten Conklen, Exchange Student from Sterling recently returned from a year in Korea; Maggie; Molly Mammosser, host sister; Tommi Myers, host sister and Exchange Student soon to leave for Italy; Johnna Myers, host mother; and Tom Myers, host father.
Back row: Kevin Conklen, host father; Bob Sondgeroth, Youth Exchange Officer from Rock Falls Rotary; and Mary Mammosser, host mother.
 
Rock Falls Rotary Club members said farewell to Maggie, our 2016-2017 Exchange Student from Italy.