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Lambert Public Schools had about 100 students this year, and two of them were foreign exchange students. One was from Pakistan, and the other was from Mexico. Both students say they came to Lambert for different reasons.

“English is really important to work in a future.” says Sandra Priante, Mexico. “My dad wanted me to give me the opportunity to learn it.”

“In Pakistan, almost everyone wants to explore things and go out and into a new country. If there is an opportunity to come to America, it's really good to apply for it," says Manal Farooq.

After coming to Montana, both students said they were culturally shocked because they were from big cities. They began to not look at family pictures to feel more comfortable.

“She actually fits our family very well,” says Priante's host parent Necole Killick. “It's almost like she was meant to be with us. I think sometimes she fits us better than my own son.”

“I've enjoyed just having someone to interact with and talk about a whole different culture. It is a another country and religion. We are Christians, she is Muslim, and we had a chance to learn about what they believe,” says Farooq's host parent Patrick Lannoye.

Students also had a chance to learn a little about Farooq's culture because as a part of her scholarship program she has to give presentations about her country.

And students say that they have learned a lot about American culture too.

I'm going to take a lot of things with me,” says Farooq. “They just changed me.”

“I have learned a lot of different things,” says Priante . “Well, they say I'm a really easy going girl, so it hasn't been real difficult for me to making friends.”

Priante accomplished a few things this year. She learned how to weld in shop class, won a couple of athletic awards and became homecoming queen.

Farooq also won the opportunity to make it to nationals for Business Professionals of America in Indianapolis and finished in 13th place.

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