AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP — The Ashtabula County Youth Leadership class was invited to Grand River Academy in April in order to get a firsthand look at a boarding school lifestyle. The students were given tours around by some of Grand River’s student ambassadors and were given the opportunity to learn from GRA students. For many of these students, it was their first time interacting with GRA, so it was a new experience for them.
One lucky group of students was even toured around by a foreign student, Leo Zhang, who was able to give them a completely new perspective of American schooling. Zhang, a junior at Grand River, is from Shanghai, China. After giving his tour Zhang said, “My group was so much fun. They all had so much personality making it easy for us to get to know each other.”
Many of the questions that came from the visitors were about GRA’s foreign policy.
D.J. Lewis, a junior and basketball star, said, “My roommate is from Rwanda and is one of the best people I have ever met. I don’t know where I’d be without him. He is like family.”
After hearing this many of the students were astounded by how close two people from different countries could be. They admitted that they did not get to hang out with students from across the world and were excited to get to do so that day. As the visitors became acquainted with the ambassadors, they started to ask more questions. They began to joke around with the ambassadors and became more understanding of the Grand River lifestyle. After seeing the dorms and some of the educational buildings they were able to see what GRA is all about. They were able to enjoy their time at Grand River. The visitors could be heard saying that they had an amazing time and should come back. Many of these students also have played against Grand River in sports and were happy to get a new view on a school. Hopefully, these leaders will share their new knowledge with their peers, teachers, and coaches and more members of the community will enjoy a visit to the GRA campus.