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Collegiate Connection

Several Archbold and Pettisville graduates who are Bluffton University students are participating in cross-cultural experiences this month.

•Alexandra Gingerich (AHS 05), daughter of Brent and Rhonda, Archbold, is in New York City, N.Y., May 12-30. Students will explore the political, economic, and historical foundations of the five boroughs of NYC.

They will participate in service learning projects within the Bowery and Harlem neighborhoods, and will observe classes and tutor in public elementary schools in Washington Heights.

As a junior she is majoring in early childhood education/intervention specialist.

•Wade Enderle (AHS 05), son of Brad and Susan, Archbold, and Philip Grime (AHS 05), son of Ed and Rise, Archbold, will be in Chicago, Ill., May 14-June 4. Students will volunteer three days a week at an agency or organization within their major.

They will meet with city offi- cials and discuss concerns such as public housing, affirmative action, education, and the role of the arts in communities.

Enderle is a junior majoring in chemistry. Grime is a junior majoring in art education.

•Andrea Grieser (AHS 05), daughter of John and Susan, Archbold, will be in Los Angeles, Calif., May 6-23. Students will explore Southern California’s population growth and issues of faith, power, and diversity in urban and global contexts.

They will study five themes: urban theology, ethics in the urban environment, community organizing, immigration, and issues surrounding race, ethnicity, and culture.

A junior, she is majoring in early childhood education.

•Meghan Klopfenstein (AHS 06), daughter of Lisa Short, Archbold, Karla Nofziger (AHS 06), daughter of Neil and Kathy, Archbold, and Landon Short (PHS 06), son of Lynn and Karlene, Archbold, will be in Israel and Palestine, May 5-21.

They will explore significant biblical and historical sites and meet with Israeli and Palestinean people. The students will examine the geography and archaeology of the region, the history of the land and its people, and how current religious and political conflicts in the Middle East are affecting the nations’ relationships.

Klopfenstein is a sophomore majoring in social work.

•Stephanie Yoder, daughter of Doug and Jennifer, Pettisville, and a home school graduate, will be in Guatemala, May 7-28. She will explore how Guatemala, as a nation, and its countrymen are dealing with the effects of a 36-year civil war that ended in 1996.

Students will learn of the Guatemalan people’s struggles against the institutionalized violence that permeates the country’s economic, political, and social spheres.

A junior, she is majoring in early childhood education.

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