ASSIST Students Share Their Woodberry Experiences at Student Assembly

Three exchange students who have spent the past year at Woodberry Forest shared some of their experiences Thursday morning during an all-school assembly.
German student Frido Wagner noted that his perception of American high schools had been shaped by TV shows.
“When I pictured what it would be like to go to school in America, I wasn’t picturing an all-boys school near Orange, Virginia,” he said.
Max Knof, also from Germany, shared his experience as a manager of the varsity football team.
“I couldn’t play a sport in the fall because of my knee surgery, but everyone made me feel like a part of that team,” Max said. “And thank you to the families who showed me different parts of America during the break.”
Bulgarian student Mitko Dimitrov said he will leave Woodberry remembering the kindness and dedication of Woodberry faculty.
“On opening night of the winter musical, Mr. Blain gave each cast member an individual note that complimented our work,” Mitko said. “He didn’t have to do that, but this sort of gesture is typical of Woodberry teachers.”
ASSIST students are selected through a highly competitive application process in their home country and spend a year at American boarding or day schools. The students take a full course load, participate in extracurricular activities, and spend holidays with families from the host school.
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.