Host families sought for NWF State French exchange students

French students

Host families are sought for the first French students studying at Northwest Florida State College under a new agreement with the University of Nantes. Clockwise from top left are Pierre Guilet, 20, who likes soccer, hanging with friends, reading, music and cinema; Pierre Fonteneau, 19, whose interests include judo, American football, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, reggae and hip-hop music; and Antoine Norrito-Liquiere, 20, shown with his dog Clara, who likes sports, climbing, film, cooking, music and playing video games.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 04:57 PM.

NICEVILLE — Pierre Guilet's pastimes include soccer, cinema and music. Pierre Fonteneau practices judo and enjoys surfing and hip hop music, and Antoine Norrito-Liquiere likes climbing, video games and cooking.

Their interests are as varied and similar as those of any other Northwest Florida State College student.

But with one difference.

Rather than hailing from Okaloosa and neighboring counties, the men must cross an ocean to begin the school year.

They are the first students to attend NWFSC under an agreement finalized in March with the University of Nantes’ La-Roche-sur-Yon campus.

The students will study under NWFSC’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Management and Supervision, according to the college’s Dr. Jeremy Ribando, who finalized the agreement begun under now-retired Dr. Cliff Herron.

The exchange program and the NWFSC show choirs’ biennial performances in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île resulted from the 19-year Sister Cities International relationship between Crestview and Noirmoutier, which is offshore from Nantes.

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