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Trip to Taiwan proposed for Kiski Area students

| Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 2:33 p.m.

Some Kiski Area High School students could be headed to the Far East early next summer.

High school Chinese teacher Kaity Chou presented a plan to the school board to take an 11-day trip to Taiwan next June 9 through 18.

A minimum of 15 students are needed to make the trip and the cost is $3,899 per person.

Chou has taken students on two trips previously to her native land.

The school board plans to vote on the request Monday.

“It’s nice to see a teacher show great passion and vigor, that’s really nice to know,” school board member Ronald Coleman said.

The trip would be highlighted by a visit to the National Palace Museum, which includes 5,000-year-old Chinese artifacts taken from the mainland during the revolution of the late 1940s.

Students also would take a trip to a tea farm and interact with junior high students in Sanxia, who are the most proficient in English.

“This is a place with a fascinating culture,” said Kiski Area graduate Nolan Pepka in a video presentation. “I returned there as part of a two-week study group while a Purdue student. The trip showed me that there is so much the world has to offer.”

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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