Greg Myers, Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council executive director, speaks to German exchange students about German heritage in Wapakoneta. (Staff photos/Brittany Powell)
Although the German exchange students have been in the U.S. for a mere two days, they have not wasted any time before immersing themselves in American culture.
The Wapakoneta Sister Cities student visit 2014 began with a welcome picnic on Sunday and a trip to Cedar Point on Monday, leaving time to get familiar with Wapakoneta on Tuesday.
Chaperone Ulrike Schlamann said this is her first visit to Wapakoneta.
“So far, I love the city,” Ulrike said. “We are only here for two days, but I love the weather. The weather is great. We don’t have temperatures like these in Germany.”
Ulrike said she got sun burnt on their trip to Cedar Point on Monday, noting that she loved the theme park. Another aspect to American culture that was a popular topic of conversation was the food.
“The food is delicious,” Ulrike said, noting that they ate pizza yesterday and have visted Subway and Denny’s during their recent travels.
Ulrike said she is looking forward to the rest of the program, which will keep the group busy for the next three weeks.
“The people are great,” Ulrike said. “They offer so much. They are so nice. They offer us so many different possibilities, Cedar Point, our whole program.”
Wapakoneta Sister Cities member Dave Moon volunteered to drive the students around town to their activities on Tuesday. Activities included trips to the Wapakoneta Police Department, Wapakoneta High School, Wapakoneta Family YMCA and the WaterPark.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, July 16 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.