Thoughts and Musings by Ken Rasp - International Student - 05082019

It is hard not to notice the array of flags from across the world that hang in the 7-12 Cafeteria. Yes, the flags make a strong statement about our need to prepare students for a global world. Even more important is the statement that each flag makes about the individuals from that country who became a Crusader. Each is an indelible part of the fabric of MCC because of classes shared, friendships nurtured, and teams formed. Like all Crusaders, each left a part of themselves here as they transitioned into the next phase of their life.

They  also  serve as a reminder to me as president. Muskegon Catholic Central is very much a better school in 2018-19 because of what Son Vu, Josie Lindeberg, Ansgar Reich, Hieu Phan, Zhenxiang Yu, and Sungchun Kwon add to our culture and life. They provide a cross-cultural element that flavors in such a positive way the educational experience for all of our students. Though each came from a neighborhood on the other side of the world, they quickly are assimilated into and help to nurture Crusader Nation. They also remind us to “Welcome the Stranger” -- one of the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy.

Mrs. Alexander, our international student coordinator, repeatedly reminds me that there are international students from a broad base of countries who have shown interest in attending Muskegon Catholic Central.

International students are full-pay tuition students who add to our MCC budget. The prime issue for these potential Crusaders is not cost. The issue is housing. I ask that you prayerfully consider hosting an international student for the 2019-20 academic year. I encourage to speak with Randy and Kristi Novotny about their experience this year hosting Ansgar. They will share some amazing things about how both Ansgar and the Novotny family were positively impacted by the experience. It is definitely worth the conversation.

Please note the following:

  • Any MCC family who hosts an international student will receive a $1,500 tuition grant to help offset their tuition obligation for 2019-20.
  • Many international students can pay up to $400 per month in room and board to their host families.
  • All international students pay their own tuition and come with their own health insurance and spending money.

I am grateful for those families who are currently serving as host families for the students noted above. My sense is that there has been a two-pronged life long impact -- on the student and the host family. If you are interested in learning more about hosting an student from abroad, please contact Peg Alexander at malexander@muskegoncatholic.org or 231.755-2201, ext. 3270.

Mrs. Alexander has listed below some information about students interested in attending MCC next year. She has completed a Skype interview with each of them and assures me that their spoken English is pretty good. Right now, only boys are listed, but if you are interested in hosting a girl, let us know! Unfortunately, due to legal requirements, we cannot include pictures with these descriptions.

Blessings and peace,

Ken R. Rasp

President, Muskegon Catholic Central


Potential International Students for 2019-2020

Stefano is a 17-year-old boy from Italy who will only attend MCC during the first semester. He and his family are friends of Fr. Julian Reginto. Stefano attends a school with an emphasis on math and science. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and running, and he like to play the guitar -- especially around a bonfire with friends.

Wenjie (Neil) is a 17-year-old boy from China who is currently spending a year in high school in Ohio. He describes himself as optimistic, independent, outgoing, friendly, patient, and humorous.He enjoys playing basketball, riding bikes, and playing chess. Wenjie says he gets along well with his current host family and hopes to have a good relationship with you, too. His goal is to become fluent in English and hopes his host family will help him learn more every day. (Wenjie’s placement agency pays monthly room and board to his host family.)

Ba is a 16-year-old boy from Vietnam who describes himself as energetic, passionate, and sociable. He likes playing football (soccer?) and basketball and loves to play his guitar. Ba says that he would like to learn skateboarding while he is in the U.S. Ba has very good grades and serves as secretary of class. He says that he makes friends everywhere he goes. (Ba’s placement agency pays monthly room and board to his host family.)

Bao Anh is a 16-year-old boy from Vietnam who loves to play on his school’s basketball team. He says that he gets along very well with both students and teachers at his school -- and that his mother raised him to be polite. He loves history and physics and says that he hopes that with his host family “we can help each other out in difficult circumstances and get the know one another more.” (Bao Anh’s placement agency pays monthly room and board to his host family.)

Huy is a 16-year-old boy from Vietnam who attends a bilingual Canadian International school in Vietnam. He is a little on the shy side, but very much wants to attend an American school and improve his English. His teachers report that he is a good student, studious and good-natured. (Huy’s  placement agency pays monthly room and board to his host family.)

Gabriel is a 16-year-old boy from Spain who describes himself as extroverted and friendly, and as a very creative and original person. He plays the piano and likes to compose his own music. Gabriel is fascinated with the creativity of the fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana and would like to design his own fashion line someday. He has experience as a DJ, loves photography, and is looking forward to seeing a new way of life in the U.S. Gabriel’s teachers describe him as hard-working, responsible, determined, and always willing to help others. (Gabriel’s  placement agency does not pay monthly room and board to his host family.)

Tengwei (Bill) is a 15-year-old boy from China who loves the English language. He loves English so much that he participates in English competitions and wins awards for his skills; he has also signed up for an intensive English program to prepare for MCC. He wants to study in the U.S. because “it has top educational resources and beautiful scenery.” He also enjoys playing basketball and travelling abroad with his family to over 20 countries. Tengwei describes himself as easy-going, independent, and a quick learner. (Tengwei’s  placement agency pays monthly room and board to his host family.)

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