LAS CRUCES – “The Centennial High School German-American Partnership Program (GAPP) visit is going very well,” said Coordinator Ingrid Luchini. Nine 11th graders and two teachers (Hedda Freese and Isabell Nienhues) arrived October 13, 2012 from Albert-Schweitzer-Schule (school) in Nienburg (Las Cruces’ German sister city) for a two-week visit to Las Cruces.
“We had a great welcoming party October 14; the students loved the good food, the friendship, the blue sky, the bright sun and splashing around in the swimming pool,” said Luchini. “After a warm welcome by Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and city councilors October 15,” the students were given a tour of Las Cruces City Hall, the Las Cruces Museum of Art and Branigan Cultural Center – the latter two with special openings on Monday to accommodate the German students’ visit, said Luchini.
“A highlight in the afternoon of October 15 was the welcome by CHS principal Michael Montoya,” who led the students on a tour of New Mexico’s newest high school, she said. On October 16, “the Albert-Schweitzer-Schule exchange students followed their GAPP partners to their various classes and appear to really have enjoyed them. They are looking forward to more exciting school days at CHS,” said Luchini.