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Julia Haas Adjusts from German to American Education

Julia Haas Adjusts from German to American Education

March 1
Filed under Showcase, Videos

Julia Haas is a foreign exchange student from Germany spending her junior year at Francis Howell North. Julia’s experience in an American school is much different than her experience in her German school. The difference in styles of learning caused her to adapt so that she can understand and be understood...

Foreign Exchange Student Lives with Janae Watkins

Foreign Exchange Student Lives with Janae Watkins

By Maddie Adams, Sports Editor
August 25
Filed under Features, Showcase

On Aug. 6, Exchange student Julia Haas came from Germany to the United States and is staying with junior Janae Watkins for the year. “I was super excited because I got my hosts family so early and she texted me at 4:30 a.m. Germany time and after reading it I couldn’t sleep I was too excited f...

In Their Shoes

In Their Shoes

By Anthony Kristensen, Features and Opinions Editor
September 11
Filed under Opinions, Showcase

Put yourself into their shoes. Imagine you're from the Syrian town of Kobani. Kurdish forces and Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have been fighting in the town for almost three weeks. About 400 people, some of which could be relatives or friends, have been killed. You worry for your spouse and your three...

U.S. Chances in the World Cup

U.S. Chances in the World Cup

By David McFeely
January 17
Filed under Newspaper, North Star, Opinions, Paper Day

With the addition of Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. Men’s Head Soccer Coach, three years ago, the hopes of winning the World Cup for the first time had never been higher. That is, until the ‘group of death’ draw on Dec. 6, which pits the U.S. against three of the best soccer teams in the world in the opening round. This ‘group of death’ contains: 2010 th...

10-22 Oktoberfest [Photo Gallery]

10-22 Oktoberfest [Photo Gallery]

By Jenna Rodriguez
October 24
Filed under Photos

The world language clubs combined forces to host Oktoberfest, and to celebrate the German foreign exchange student’s last days at North. Oktoberfest was held in the commons from 6-8 p.m.. Activities included raffles, musical chairs, and music from both cultures. “It was fun in the end,” Foreign exchange student Katja Schnabel said. “It was a bit slow in beginning because no one was doing anything. It was okay in the end.” Some exchange students were pleasantly surprised by the prices of things in America, especially shoes. A pair of Converse cost around 45 dollars in America, they can easily cost twice as much in Germany. Some students were also treated to their first taste of s’mores, as graham cra...

In the Garden of Beasts: nonfiction bore

In the Garden of Beasts: nonfiction bore

January 18
Filed under Opinions, Paper Day

As an avid reader of novels, I decided to try something different with Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beast.” This book tells the true story of U.S. ambassador to Germany William Dodd and his family. The Dodds arrive in Germany at the start of Hitler’s regime, and they are witnesses to the horrors t...

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