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Seward Rotary Club Welcomes SHS International Students to Seward

The Seward Rotary Club officially welcomed the 2022-2023 SHS International Students to Seward at their September 28, 2022 Rotary Club noon luncheon meeting at the Seward Jones Bank Auditorium.  There are two international students enrolled at Seward High this school year-June Legaz Carrasco of Pamploma, Spain and Magdalena “Maggie” Rappold from Kundl, Austria. 

“It is most appropriate we follow up and make sure that this two student ambassadors feel welcomed by the entire community,” stated Rotarian Jon Kruse, a Past President of the Seward Rotary Club.  “Rotary has a major influence worldwide, and our club wanted to offer an “official” welcome from the community to our international guests. We are excited to help them expand their views on our country and people and hope that they enjoy their visit to Seward and Nebraska.”

The girls are enrolled full time and enjoying many of the extracurricular activities as well. 

June is the daughter of Belen and Inigo Carrasco and has one sister.  Her host parents in Seward are April and Josh Craig of Seward. She plans to stay the entire year.

Magdalena “Maggie” is the daughter of Martin and Brigitte Rappold of Kundl, Austria.  She has an 18 year old brother.  Her host family are Seward Rotarians,  Dr. Russ and Rhonda Souchek of Seward. Her plans call for only a half year visit, and she will return home to Austria at the first of the year.

The girls were introduced by Rotarian Bonnie Kruse and welcomed by Rotary President Elect Ben Spirks.  The girls were presented gift bags with mementoes of Seward from the Seward Rotary Club and invited to return to the club with a report, once they had experienced life in the USA and Seward for a while. 

The special gift bags included a bag of Seward’s famous Kettle Corn Popcorn, a Seward coffee mug, a Seward Tee Shirt, Nebraska Chocolates from Greenwood, NE, printed information on Seward and Nebraska and an American Flag.  

Each girl was presented a special Seward Rotary Club banner to share with a Rotary Club in their country and invited to return to visit again.   

The Seward Rotary is a member of Rotary International, which has 1.4 million members in 39,000 clubs worldwide-in over 160 countries, which stresses a strong global presence.  This is the 117th year of Rotary International, with a motto of “Service Above Self!”