Two Houston High students were selected from a large applicant pool to participate in this year’s aMAYzing Memphis in May Student Exchange Program. Houston High School students Cat Carlin and Lilly He were chosen, alongside seven other Memphis-area high school students, to travel to this year’s honored Memphis in May country, the Czech Republic, for an immersive, educational experience.
Every spring, The Memphis in May Student Exchange Program creates a select group of students to represent the city of Memphis in an all-expense paid trip to the year’s honored country. The program only accepts the highest caliber of students, looking at academics, community service, communication skills, and more, making it quite the honor that Houston has not just one, but two students going.
Lilly and Cat flew to the Czech Republic this past Friday and are still there now. Through the program, the girls were each paired with a Czech host family and high school student in the city of Ceské Budejovice and have attended an Anglo-Czech high school, the Cesko-Anglicke Gymnazium, with them every day. After school, they are then given the opportunity to travel and explore a variety of museums and cites throughout the Czech Republic.
“We’ve been going on tours all around the city. Yesterday we went and toured a medieval castle!” said Cat about her experience thus far, “It’s both really beautiful and really cold here.”