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Alex Semaňáková

From Gymnázium P.O. Hviezdoslava High School in Kežmarok

Currently undertaking an exchange year at Richard King High School in Corpus Christi, TX

  • Worked in a bookstore – loves reading, drama and arts
  • Plays piano, guitar, ukulele, violin; sings in a choir
  • Member and leader of several Slovak Christian organizations
  • Big fan of NHL and ice hockey, dreams to visit an NHL game

Dorota Moravčíková

From Gymnázium High School in Ružomberok

Currently undertaking an exchange year at Iowa High School in Lake Charles, LA

  • Participated at European and advanced to World Championships in dance
  • Also teaches dance to children
  • Very active and interested in sports – yoga, aerobic, scuba diving
  • Interested in languages and creative writing

Kristína Cinová

From French bilingual Gymnázium High School M.R. Štefánika, Košice

Currently undertaking an exchange year at Mercy High School in Burlingame, CA

  • Excellent English, winner of several English language competitions
  • Speaks or knows basics of English, French, Hungarian, Russian, Roma and Slovak
  • Mentions Martin Luther King as one of her role models
  • Has played piano for 11 years; also plays guitar
  • Passionate about science and interconnection between arts, science and language
  • Recipient of the Roma Education Fund scholarship

Matej Uhrin

From Gymnázium High School in Ružomberok

Undertook an exchange year in 2017/2018 at LaGrange High School in Lake Charles, LA

  • Greenpeace Community coordinator of the “Bees in Decline” project
  • President of Slovak Alliance of High School Students
  • Participating in student politics such as Model United Nations and Model European Parliament
  • Matej wants to pursue a political career studying European and International Law

Silvester Lorenčík

From Gymnázium P.O. Hviezdoslava High School in Kežmarok, Slovakia

Undertook an exchange year in 2017/2018 at Prarie View High School in La Cygne, KS

  • First person within his family on a college path
  • Extremely extroverted, organizational type. Very driven, outspoken
  • Grew up in a mountainous region; loves skiing, hiking
  • A talent for languages: learned the basics of six, and mastered four languages
  • He had a challenging experience due to problems with the host family; nevertheless, he strove

Petra Sejková

From Gymnazium Dominika Tatarku High School in Poprad, Slovakia

Undetook an exchange year in 2017/2018 at Kents Hill School in Augusta, ME

  • Graduated with a 4.2 GPA (weighted)
  • Loves DIY projects, painting, singing in a choir, and playing piano
  • Very interested in languages, excellent English despite never visiting an English-speaking country before coming to the US
  • Started actively drawing and painting in the US

Lucia Novotná

From Gymnázium High School in Ružomberok, Slovakia

Undertook an exchange year in 2016/2017 at Ashland High School in Ashland, WI

  • interested in studying graphic design and marketing at university in Czech Republic
  • top scorer of her high school basketball team
  • Played at a youth U18 team of MBK Ružomberok, one of the top women’s basketball clubs in Europe
  • Participated with her high school team at World School U18 Championship Basketball in Limoges, France placing 12th out of 30 teams. Lucia claims this was the best experience of her life
  • Very good student with strong English; interested in history and literature
  • Creative person and an excellent writer

Adam Brček

From Gymnázium High School in Ružomberok

Undertook an exchange year in 2016/2017 at Paisley High School in Paisley, OR

  • Graduated with a 4.0 GPA as the honorary Valedictorian
  • Particiapted in numerous extracurricular activities while in the U.S., including the 230th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, Texas
  • An extraordinary academic, fascinated by space; enjoys reading science books and sci-fi novels
  • Winner of astronomy and English language competitions while in high school
  • Big fan of France and French culture. Also speaks excellent French”
  • Currently studying Physics at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University in Prague

Patrik Kurilla

From Gymnázium High School in Ružomberok

Undertook an exchange year in 2015/2016 at Carolina Friends School in Durham, NC

Martin Lupták

From Gymnázium High School in Ružomberok

Undertook an exchange year in 2015/2016 at Mesa Verde High School in Sacramento, CA

Zuzana Sleziaková

From Gymnázium High School in Ružomberok

Undertook an exchange year in Riverside High School in Durham, NC

  • Most recently earned a Double master’s degree from CEMS at The University of Economics in Prague and International Management at Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna (2017)
  • Strategy intern at Adidas Hong Kong (2017)
  • Before, worked as a pro bono student consultant (NGC- New Generation Consulting) Internship in Management Consulting at PwC in Prague (2016) and Salesforce in Dublin (2016)
  • Spent summer 2015 working as a volunteer in Lisbon (Portugal), teaching English to underprivileged children

Zuzana Petrová

From Gymnázium High School in Ružomberok

Undertook an exchange year in Northern High School in Durham, NC

  • had the best GPA in class in high school
  • Master’s degree in Law from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (2014), graduated in the top 5%
  • Most recently earned Juris Doctor in Law from Comenius University in Bratislava (2017)
  • Public Procurement Specialist in the private sector since 2017

Terézia Jarošová

From Gymnázium High School in Ružomberok

Undertook an exchange year in 2008/2009 at Ashland High School in Ashland, WI

  • Bachelor’s degree at The Hague University, The Netherlands (2013) specializing in Sustainability in Business and ended amongst top 5% of the class
  • Most recently earned a Master’s degree in International Business at Krems University, Austria
  • Took part at the business program at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (with focus on the developing economies of Southern African countries)
  • Since 2014 working at Neulogy Ventures; currently an external expert assessing business plans within the Horizon 2020 programme, the biggest EU research and innovation funding programme