The Student Spotlight

Philipp Barthel

Philipp BarthelPhilipp Barthel is this year’s German exchange student. He became an exchange student so that he could better his English and see America.

His hometown, Taura, Germany, is a small village like Locust Fork with about 2,000 people.  He played basketball for his high school.  For fun, everyone goes to concerts or the local swimming pool.  In the winter, he loves to snowboard on Fichtel Mountain.

Even though he misses Germany, Philipp admits that he likes American girls better because they are more open-minded. So far he likes America a lot and he loves living with another exchange student… Carlos Figueroa.

Written by: Jessica Laughlin; Photo by: Katie Pickle

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