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In the Press

Bangor Daily News, July 14, 2014: The hallways of Searsport District High School normally would be sleepy and dark on a summertime weekend, but on Saturday the gymnasium was alive with the sounds of laughter and shouts — in Chinese.

The Times Record, June 2014: Fifth-graders from Harriet Beecher Stowe on Friday gave a bittersweet goodbye to the 21 Chinese exchange students they hosted last week. “There were a lot of hugs, and lots of tears,” said HBS Principal Jean Skorapa. Read the full story here.

June 2, 2014: Suzanne Fox was a featured guest on MPBN's radio show, Maine Calling. To listen to the show, click here.

The Forecaster, May, 2014: The term "international delegation" usually summons images of somber diplomats with business suits and briefcases. It's less likely to bring to mind chipper elementary school students, outfitted with lunchboxes and sneakers. Read the full story here...

Opening day at Erskine Academy and Juniors Gillian and Elena head for homeroom. Elena came to Erskine last year, and lived with Gillian and her family. Now she's back for another year... one of eight Chinese students enrolled at Erskine this fall.

There is a growing trend among high schools in Maine where international students from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are recruited to come to the Pine Tree State and enroll in school.

When Ken Smith took over as superintendent of the Millinocket School Department in July 2010, he inherited a tough challenge: Revenue was falling as enrollment continued to shrink.