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Kenai Central High School Named 2013 Top AFS-USA School

March 25, 2013|By Jessica Ridgway | Channel 2 News
  • Alan Fields, principal of Kenai Central High School, receiving the "2013 Top AFS School" award for KCHS.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Kenai Central High School has been recognized as a "2013 Top AFS School" by AFS-USA (formerly known as American Field Service), a non-profit organization that promotes intercultural learning and international exchange programs in more than 40 countries.

"Schools honored with this inaugural award have partnered with AFS in a variety of ways to foster global citizenship through intercultural learning--both inside and outside of the classroom," wrote AFS-USA in a press release announcing the 2013 award recipients. "The high schools selected from around the country for this public recognition are making a profound difference in the lives of students and in society at large. The ability to speak another language, to navigate in a different cultural context, and to marshal a global perspective are skills that today's students need to succeed in our increasingly interdependent world."

KCHS is the only high school in Alaska to receive a "2013 Top AFS School" award. The school is recognized for consistently hosting five to six AFS students every year since 1981. To date, KCHS has hosted 81 students from 36 different countries and has sent 21 students abroad to study in 18 different countries.

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Superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Dr. Steve Atwater, said, "All of us at KPBSD are thrilled to learn that Kenai Central is being recognized in this way. KCHS's ability to seamlessly integrate its exchange students into its school and the resulting benefit to all students is a shining example of what can be achieved with a high degree of collaboration."

A certificate was presented to KCHS during the 33rd Annual AFS International Fundraising Dinner, which took place on Sunday, March 24, at the Catholic Church in Kenai.

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