Ardmore High School’s foreign exchange students will be welcomed into the fold next Friday with local food and school spirit.
Changmin Lee, from Seoul, South Korea, Jacopo Cerroni from Rome, Italy and Jimmy Yang from China are all staying with host families in Ardmore while they attend classes at AHS. They’ll be recognized at the One Tiger Nation Expo on Friday, where they and their host families will be formally introduced to the students and the community.
Lee has been stateside for about 10 months. He said he misses city life, but he likes the change of pace.
 “I missed Korea a lot, I couldn’t really talk to people but being in Ardmore the second semester, I feel way better than I used to,” Lee said.
Lee added that Americans are more talkative than he’s used to, but he’s adapted.
Yang said students at AHS have no shortage of questions for him, some of them obvious, some of them less so.
“I wanted to study and open my eyes, so I’ve come here,” Yang said. “There’s a lot of questions. ‘What’s your name? Why’d you come here? What do you think of China? Why are you so tall? I thought the Chinese were very short.”
He said his host family has been helping him adjust. He said his parents are both fairly busy people —  his mother is a history teacher attending medical school and his father is a lawyer — but they find time to Skype.
Cerroni, who came to Ardmore about a month ago, will stay in Ardmore for six months total but hopes to extend his stay.
“There’s a lot of difference, but I prefer here,” Cerroni said. “I think for me, it’s more interesting here because it’s different. I think that [my parents] are happy that I enjoy it here.”
All three said U.S. History and Oklahoma History were their favorite subjects.  
One Tiger Nation Expo is slated to run from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 15 in the AHS Cafeteria. Admission is $3, with proceeds going to the band program. AHS’s cheer, orchestra, pom, show choir and The Act, will perform alongside Miss Black Ardmore, and Ardmore Middle School’s cheer, pom and Tiny Tigers. Local restaurants Cafe Alley, Two Frogs, El Tapatio, Casa Romo and El Chico, among others, will donate food for the event.
AHS Band Director Chauvin Aaron is organizing the event.
“We want to present to our foreign exchange students that we are one unified Tiger family,” Aaron said. “We want to honor them and get to know them and give our student body a chance to meet them while they’re here and give them the best experience possible.”