The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on September 14, 1967 · Page 11
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 11

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, September 14, 1967
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tittered at Mcond claw matter at the portoffice at Algona. Iowa (50611). Kov. 1, J03S. under Act of Confrett of March 3, 1879 IMS Algona Exchange Student Had Summer School In Switzerland 1 Debbie Laws, just home from a summer in Europe as Algona's foreign exchange student,, holds a pair of Swiss sandals and leather walking (or climbing) shorts purchased for little brother Travis. Behind her hangs a cuckoo clock, also a souvenir from Switzerland. Miss Laws also has 300 slides of her trip. By STEVE WALLER Debbie Laws, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Laws of Algona, recently returned from a summer in Switzerland as Algona High's foreign exchange student. Although she has been quite busy answering questions on Swiss life and settling down to her last year of high school, Miss Laws took time out for a most informative interview. DEBBIE'S DREAM Debbie's dream turned to reality in the heat of an intramural basketball game, March 31st. She was accepted as a semi-finalist by the American Field Service in New York. Being a semifinalist was the same as being a foreign exchange student since there were no other applicants from AHS. Debbie, who strongly backs a drive to increase student interest and school monetary assistance lor future AFS adventurers, says she couldn't under stand why more students didn't have a desire to travel abroad. They didn't know what they were missing. Although she had shown interest in the program as a freshman, Debbie couldn't apply until she was 16. In November of last year, she met with Mr. Kneip and Mr. Andersen, local high school AFS promoters, and filled out forms, wrote themes, and held interviews. Questions asked included "How many years of a foreign language did you have?", "Why do you wish to travel?", and numerous situation inquiries which began "What would you do if. . ." May 12, Debbie was notified that a family of similar tastes and size was awaiting her arrival in Biasca, Switzerland. That family was the Orianis, consisting of a stoneworking father, a mother (both of whom were shorter than Debbie), and one girl, Margarita, 19, who was studying to be a teacher. Biasca is located in Southern Switzerland and its 4,000 inhabitants speak Italian, which is similar to Debbie's high school- speaking Spanish. THE TRIP OVER Debbie left Algona June 19 and flew from Des Moines to New York where she met some 600 other American exchange students headed for Europe, the Near East, and Africa, Her 10-day voyage via oceanliner began on the 21st of June and ended in the English Channel at Rotterdam, Holland. "The trip to New York was a thrill in itself," Debbie remarked, "but the sail to Europe was full of many unforgettable experiences." On board the ship Debbie met students from all over the U.S., including 28 who were journeying to Switzerland. Her roommate as they crossed the Atlantic was a Pennsylvanian girl enroute to England. In the daytime, the travelers attended three hours of classes where they learned the customs of their new homes. At night they were able to choose from entertainment such as the ship's band, a movie (Debbie saw "Born Free"), and hootenanies, which sprang up out of nowhere. There might have been at 11 o'clock curfew, but Debbie says it was impossible to go to bed so early. It wasn't long before the night owls renamed AFS "Always Feeling Sleepy". Other ship highlights were the student-written newspaper, "The Undercurrent", which was filled with sea-sick foolery, and the porthole incident. This was the time Debbie opened the porthole in her room for a little fresh air only to return several hours later to a very soggy room. LIFE IN SWITZERLAND Switzerland, where there are four different languages, is divided into 22 cantons (states), Debbie's being Ticino. Throughout most of her stay, Debbie re- mained within Ticino (pronounced Tacheeno) except for a one-week tour of the North just prior to the return trip. Family life is the most important life. There is a close tie between young and old, something less noticeable here in the States. When asked what the food was like, Debbie smiled and quickly replied, "Fatteningl" Lunch is the biggest meal for the Swiss, and Debbie pointed out that every meal comes in four courses. It is divided up as such: 1st course — soup, spaghetti, or rice 2nd course - meat, vegetable, salad, bread, beverage 3rd course - fruits 4th course - pastries The weather was moderately warm with the thermometer once jumping to 113 degrees in July. Debbie also said August was cooler with rains coming every day for brief periods. Schools were harde'r in Debbie's opinion. Students had to attend each of their 15 subjects or elsel No such thing as the college cut. Teachers placed themselves far above their pupils unlike most instructors here. For entertainment Debbie could turn to one of two theatres in Biasca, or she might stay home and attempt to grasp the Italian- speaking television. Concerning the TV language barrier, Debbie says, "At first I was completely lost," but with every Ajax commercial she felt more at home. Surrounded by the beautiful Alps mountains, Debbie says she felt quite small as she sat in the open air cafes observing Swiss personalities. Her observations included noticing not so many young couples (they usually don't date until 16); many muscular boys; not as many motorists — many more walking; and, of WHEN YOUR WEEKEND PLANS GO HAYWIRE i Itotl Tnylnr nnd Jill St. Joint lire \i-orrii-il hecniixe tlnir plait* far it treekeiitl in I lie south of I'rnnce hni-e lieen tlixrorereil. The scene is front Melro-dolilifvn-Mnvcr's inlti-iitiire-tliriller, "The lAt/niilnlor," in ti'hii-h Taylor portrays Ilitysie Oakcx, an ai-eraftc ltn\ ic/io is Itirni-tl into a hatchet man for Intelligence. Trevor lion-aril also stars in the I'tinin-inion anil color film. TROPHY Gloria Lines of Nashua won a third place trophy in a national accordion, guitar and drum festival held at Topeka, Kans. last month. Gloria won In the organ accordion category, one of 13 contestants in this event. TROUT Tom Vaughn of Sumner caught a beautiful record-class German Brown trout while fishing at Joy Springs near Strawberry Point. The fish measured 22 Inches and weighed five pounds. OOQ6gOO(OfQOQb ITJL movie clock ALGONA THEATRE THURSDAY thru SATURDAY Complete Program begins: 7:00- 9:00 p. m. "The Liquidator" 7:15—9:15 p. m. SATURDAY MATINEE ONLY- Complete Program begins: 1:30 p. m. "Tarzan, the Ape Man" — 2:00 p. m. SUNDAY - Complete Program begins: 1:00 - 3:10 - 5:10 7:00 - 9:10 p. m. "LUV*' 1:25 - 3:25 - 5:15 - 7:25- 9:25 p. m. MONDAY thru WEDNESDAY- Complete program begins: 7:00— 9:10 p. m. "LUV*'-7:25-9:25 p. m. course, an abundance of mini- Minor Fire skirts. Debbie was scheduled to return to the U.S.A. by ship, but when the oceanliner's engines broke down, she boarded a jet and arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York, Sept. 3. It was an odd feeling for Debbie. . .the people at the airport looked just like the Swiss citizens she had been with all summer, but they spoke a language she hadn't heard for a long, longtime. They spoke good old English, with a virtually unnoticeable Eastern accent. Before she left New York, Debbie visited the Bowery (Drunk Avenue), the United Nations building, and Chinatown. Of course, it is always "good to be home," but one can't help envying Debbie Laws for her once-in-a-lifetime experience. Very minor damage resulted to a city-owned caterpillar-bulldozer when It caught fire at the city dump at 4 p.m. Saturday. Firemen were called. 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