German exchange student immersed in Holbrook life

11-07-2018 by admin

Special stay: Holbrook local Annabelle Grunow and Johanna Pappathanassious at the Rotary Club of Holbrook’s German night.

Holbrook has welcomed German exchange student Johanna Papathanassious with open arms.

Johanna is completing her exchange on the Rotary Youth Exchange program and has stayed with different families during her year in Holbrook.

From in townto a horse property, a farm and now partly boarding at StPaul’s in Walla, Johanna has experienced how most kids live in the country.

The 16-year-old lives in a German town which is similar in size to Albury-Wodonga.

While in Holbrook she has made her debut at the StPaul’s Ball, learnthow to water ski, competed at the school swimming carnival and joined a netball team.

“It (Rotary exchange) can be a year in your life or life in a year,” one of her hosts Milt Golenberg said.

“Johanna has definitely taken the life in a year approach.”

With her stay wrapping up July, the Rotary club wanted to celebrate her stay by focusing in on Germany for their international day which was held last week.

A member of the Holbrook Museum spoke about Holbrook’s history when the town was called Germanton on the night.The name was changed during World War I due to anti-German feelings held by residents in the town.

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