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Broaden your horizons: International Youth Exchange a way to see the world

Burlington resident Marilyn Hohl, left, and Parisian resident Emma Martin, right, jump in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. / Photo submitted

Commentary by Vivian Hohl
Times-News correspondent

   Most children dream of traveling to big cities full of opportunities. It can take a lot of money and time to accomplish this, however. That’s why there are projects that make this easier. You can visit friends in other countries, and they can visit you. You get the experience of a lifetime. With ruins and history at every turn, there is always something interesting to do.
One of these exchange programs is called the International Youth Exchange, or the IYE. It was founded by Camille Wheeler, a former airline employee. She wanted children to learn of cultures from different countries. She made a website to make it simple and easy, as well as fun.
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Williams sophomore gaining college recruiters’ interest

Harrison Gee is Student Athlete of the Month for April, 2014. / Photo by Alexis Dickerson, Times-News correspondent

By Alexis Dickerson
Times-News correspondent

   Sixteen-year-old football player Harrison Gee is a sophomore at Williams High School. Gee has made an impact on the William’s Offensive Line, starting on the varsity team since he was a freshman.
As a freshman, he was awarded the Freshman M.V.P. at the National Underclassmen Combine and as a sophomore he made the All-Conference and All Regional 2nd Team. Rapidly gaining recruiters’ interest, Gee has full-ride scholarship offers from N.C. State and West Virginia.
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Common sense, basic know-how is best self-defense, author says

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   “Teen Self-Defense: American Marine Goju,” by Garry Klaus. Copyright 2013, AuthorHouse. $26.09, 88 pages.

 Reviewed by Christian Hornaday
Times-News correspondent

 Alertness, avoidance and awareness are the three key points to successful self-defense, as explained by Garry Klaus in his recent release, “Teen Self-Defense: American Marine Goju.” When one is prepared with a combination of common sense and basic read more…

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