On January 25th, the morning announcements proceeded as usual except Dr. D' Agostino spoke and notified the student body of the guests on campus. He reminded all students to be kind and courteous when recognizing the foreign diplomats and students in uniform.
Estancia High School hosted this program entitled the Australian Sister City Education Exchange Program. All the students are from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College in Wyndham, Australia. As Estancia's front page of their website stated, "Over the next three weeks, seven students, one teacher, and two administrators from Hoppers Crossing will be staying with host families from Estancia High School. They will be shadowing the school schedule of their host students, participating in school activities, touring Newport-Mesa Unified School District, giving presentations about life in Australia, touring the city of Costa Mesa, and visiting local tourist attractions including Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Hollywood."
The students consisted of Ben, Amee, Annabelle, Amy, Rachel, Josh, and Zoe. One of these students, Ben was very excited stay for another two weeks, after all ready being away from home for a week.
"I loved it, it's amazing," stated Ben, "I liked seeing the comparison between the two schools."
All seven of these students were "shadowing" an ASB student. In Mrs. Lindfors’ 3rd period juniors honors English class, two students named Annabelle and Rachel were behind junior Courtney Hatch. Mrs. Lindfors started the class where she asked Hatch to introduce them and the mic was soon turned over to Annabelle and Rachel. They both told the class their names and Annabelle explained what grade they were both in and where exactly in Australia they were from.
Later, on Wednesday evening, was the Boys’ Varsity Battle of the Bell Basketball game. During half time, there were many things entertaining the people in the stands. After the CMHS Cheerleading squad performed and the Green Man Group’s dance, Dr. D' Agostino recognized these seven students and invited them onto the court. With Estancia's principal, Mr. Kirk Bauermeister, D’Agostino thanked the exchange students in advance and gave them each a gift. He then explained, "Just a little something to bring back to Australia."
"California is beautiful, everyone is friendly and welcoming. I am never going to forget it here and the friends I made. I am going to add you all on Facebook," said exchange student Annabelle.