An ‘amazing’ experience

Wootton family hosts foreign exchange student from Denmark

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Foreign exchange student Louise Bogh, 16, is being hosted in Yukon by the family of Yukon City Council member Jeff Wootton, his wife Micheal and their children, Natalie, 17, Madelyn, 11, and Van, 7. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Erik Jackson

Contributing Writer

Graduating in her native Denmark in May, 16-year-old Louise Bogh has made the most of her year as a foreign exchange student. Staying with Yukon City Council Member Jeff Wootton and his family, Bogh says the experience has been one she will always cherish.

“They have treated me like family, and I could not be happier here,” Bogh said. “They made it easy to acclimate; it’s been an amazing experience.”

Bogh began her adventure arriving in New York City on Aug. 6. She and other students were treated to tours of Central Park, the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.

“New York was a dream come true,” she said. “Getting to explore the city over a couple of days was an incredible way to start my trip. I was blown away with the culture, and it is a place I hope to revisit as often as possible.

“There is also a trip scheduled for late January to Dallas that is sponsored by our exchange organization. I’m really excited to get to see another major American city and explore its various landmarks.”

Czech Fest served as Bogh’s favorite experience since calling Yukon home.

“On Friday we took in all of the rides, and Saturday we enjoyed the parade. I was incredibly impressed with how the community came together. Czech Fest is very unique, and it showcases what makes Yukon so special.”

WIDE-REACHING SUBJECT MATTER

Now starting the second semester of her school year, Bogh praised Yukon High School for its rigor and numerous electives.

“My education in Denmark was more regimented, as everyone took the same classes in the same sequence,” she said. “At Yukon, I’ve been able to enroll in a number of courses such as biotechnology, Algebra III, physics, and mythology.

“I’m enrolled in both sociology and psychology, and I’m really excited for both. I like that you have the freedom to explore such wide-reaching subject matter.”

Bogh’s passion for math and science will serve as the foundation for her post-secondary coursework when she returns home.

“I’ll head home to Denmark in May, and I’ll begin ‘college-like’ courses,” she said. “I’m not certain what I want to do with the rest of my life, but math and science are my favorite courses.

“I also love drawing and music. Quite simply, I love to learn, and I embrace any opportunity that enables me to learn something new.”

An authentic American Christmas also served as an indelible memory for Bogh.

“We had a lot of people over for Christmas, and it was really fun. We even had a family member who visited from Minnesota.

“Spending the holidays with the Woottons and their extended family was incredibly special to me,” she said. “I feel like they’ve adopted me and that I have a second family. I’m so thankful to have a family and a place to visit for the rest of my life.”