Students from Norway, Spain, Germany, Saudi Arabia will register for classes August 30


Village of Sussex - Hamilton High School has accepted six cultural exchange students for the 2016-17 academic year.

Students will arrive from Norway, Spain, Germany and Saudi Arabia at the end of this month, and will register for classes Aug. 30.

Three of the six students come from Germany, and of the exchange students, there are three male and three female students.

Mirjam and Tony Conigliaro are hosting Marta Reina Quiros, an exchange student from Palma de Mallorca, Spain. She will arrive Aug. 25 and will stay in the United States until June 17.

“I thought it was just going to be a great experience for my family and me, and especially my daughter – she will have a big sister here,” Mirjam Conigliaro said.

This is the Conigliaro’s first time hosting an exchange student.

“I used to be an au pair when I was young,” Mirjam Conigliaro said. “I’m originally from Germany. When I moved here and my kids got into high school, I met other girls that did the exchange program, so I thought it was a cool thing to do. I actually just wanted to give back."

Even though Quiros is only 16, she will likely be placed in 12th grade, which is the same grade as their son.

The Conigliaros talk to Quiros regularly via the phone and Skype, and said they have gotten to know her personality well so they believe she is a good fit for their family.

“I think it’s just a great experience for all parties involved just to have a cultural exchange,” Mirjam Conigliaro said. “I’ve done it when I was 20 years old from Germany to the United States, and there’s just so much that both sides learn when they come together. It’s just a great experience for everyone. It’s something I recommend to everybody if you have space in your home.”

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