Sister City program prepares to welcome French guests

Sister City meeting

Kyle Davis and his father, J.P., center, learn more about the Crestview Sister City program from members Pam, left, and Joe Coffield.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 09:36 AM.

CRESTVIEW — When Nina Métier and Vincent Fouasson, both 15, arrive in Crestview from France in a few weeks, organizers hope any qualms they might have about plunging into a new country and culture will vanish when they discover they’ll be in the hospitable care of Amarissa Marrero and Kyle Davis and their respective families.

Amarissa and Kyle, both Crestview High School juniors, are among the student hosts with whom 21 students from Crestview’s island sister city, Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, will stay during their Oct. 26-Nov. 8 visit. For most of the French students, this will be their first experience in the United States.

Crestview’s student hosts said they anticipate the opportunity to discover similarities and learn about the differences between our cultures. Amarissa and Nina have been corresponding on Facebook in advance of Nina’s arrival.

“I’m looking forward to learning about her way of life,” Amarissa said. “I want to get a better understanding of her culture and the way French people see things.

Kyle said he learned he and his guest already have something in common.

“I can’t wait to share my musical interests with Vincent,” he said. “He plays bass and I play guitar. I’m excited to play some music with him and show him around.”

City leaders noted the opportunities the upcoming exchange brings to the community.

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