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Stepinac to Welcome 13 More Students from Asia for 2014-15 Academic Year

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (March 26, 2014) – At the start of the 2013-14 school year, Stepinac High School welcomed students from China and Vietnam for the first time, after successfully hosting students from Korea in prior years. Today, Stepinac announced that it will be expanding the program with the addition of a new group of Asian students for the 2014-15 academic year.

“It is an honor to host our international students,” said Frank Portanova, Vice Principal. “They have acclimated well to our school and offer sound contributions to the academic discourse in all of our classes.”

Currently, Stepinac is hosting 17 students from Asia. The program has been so successful that the school made the decision to welcome 13 additional students of various grades from China, Korea, and Vietnam for the next school year.

The foreign student program is in partnership with EduOne, a company that sponsors and has placed thousands of international students in schools throughout the United States. Portanova said that having international students adds to Stepinac’s reputation as a regional leader in providing a multi-cultural educational experience.

“Stepinac is a diverse community and this is a great opportunity to broaden the educational experience of all of the students,” said Stepinac President Father Thomas Collins. “We take pride in assisting international students with their educational success and are pleased to continue our partnership with EduOne to help us expand these efforts.”

Junior Junhyuk (Eric) Kim of Seoul, Korea said Stepinac has enhanced his academic progress: “This school has helped me to better analyze my work. The classes are far more interactive than those in Korea, where memorization is the focus. The teachers at Stepinac have been welcoming and the students are eager to help us.”

The introduction of the Digital Textbook Library in classrooms last Fall has also been helpful, according to Kim, who says that in Korea he had to carry heavy textbooks to school. “Now, I only have to carry my iPad or laptop computer, which is easier,” he said.

It is Kim’s first year at Stepinac. He currently takes Advanced Placement classes in Calculus and Biology, and Honors classes in British Literature, Physics and U.S. History. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and Healthcare Club and says he will likely pursue a career in business or medicine when he graduates in 2015.

For more information about the foreign student program at Stepinac High School, please contact Principal Paul Carty at (914) 946-4800.