CMSD student studying in France under exchange program
CMSD NEWS BUREAU
John Adams High School senior Orlando Hopson will spend his senior year a very long way from Cleveland, Ohio.
Thanks to a scholarship from Rotary International, District 6630, Orlando has settled in at a host family’s home in Tours, France, where he will take part in the Youth Exchange Study Program. Rotary and school officials said he is the first Cleveland Metropolitan School District student to earn an overseas Rotary exchange in at least 20 years.
"I first met Orlando at our CTAG orientation meeting back in 2010,” Simmons said. “He was very outspoken and inquisitive, which made it easy to identify his unique critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills.”
Simmons said after he had heard about the Rotary Youth Exchange Student Program, he challenged Orlando to be different … to learn how to be a leader in a setting that did not allow television, video games, smart phones, or the internet.”
“Orlando accepted the challenged and exceeded my expectation of his level of participation for the YES program,” he said.
YES is a three-year program. Students start out as a “Novice Sailor,” move up to a “Youth Chaperone” and then finally spend a year as an international exchange student. Smotzer said the program focuses on opportunities in the Great Lakes region.