Exchange students receive welcome home and farewell serenade

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2002

A sweetheart serenade is a Spanish tradition dating back hundreds of years, but brought to life on the Kenai Peninsula this year by local Barber Shop quartet members John Vaughn, Dan Thornton, Larry Willard, and Mykle Ables, known as "4 on the Richter Scale."

On Valentines Day last week the group toured the local area and delivered personal love songs to sweethearts of your choice. "It was a very busy and successful day for us. We sang Valentines from 9:00am until 7:30pm, ending up for dinner at the Kenai Senior Center," said Dan Thornton. They also made a few complimentary performances at Heritage Place, Sterling and Kenai Senior Centers, and the Soldotna Rotary Club, where they serenaded an in-bound and outbound foreign exchange student.

Hana Hurley recently returned from her year in Sweden, "I've always loved to travel, and this was a wonderful way to fulfill my dream of traveling, and I was able to live 10 minutes from the most beautiful castle I've ever seen," Hurley told the Soldotna Rotary Club. Hurley believes that the experience has opened her to understand other cultures and people in a way that would otherwise never have been possible.

Accompanying Hana Hurley, was Corinne Kubena who has been selected as an out-bound Rotary exchange student to Venezuela. "I've started to do a lot research on the country and I'm looking forward to the warm weather, because I've lived in Alaska all my life. I'm really excited about spending a year abroad," said Kubena. Regarding the issue of going to a foreign land while a war on terrorism is in progress Corinne commented that her parents were naturally concerned, but excited that she will be able to have the experience, "We have a lot of faith in the Rotary program, and that I'm not going to be put in a dangerous situation. So I'm not really too worried about it, I'm just excited to get there at this point," said Kubena.

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