Nearly 300 SYAers gathered for the 20th Anniversary Celebration in Viterbo. SYA President Tom Hassan and Chair of the Board Holland Lynch FR’86 expressed their deep gratitude to all the faculty, staff, families and others from the City of Viterbo for their longstanding partnership. Current Resident Director Patrick Scanlon was also honored for his near 20 years of loyal service; this year he became the longest serving Resident Director in SYA’s history.
SYA has pioneered study abroad programs for high school students ever since launching in 1964 and we believe that education needs to integrate real-world experiences into day-to-day school life. We challenge students to take education into their own hands all while learning a new language and integrating into a different culture. After SYA, students are ready to take on the world with confidence and a better global perspective. So why not study abroad in high school when there’s so much to gain and little to lose?
This year, capstone projects ranged from interviewing cloistered nuns and religion professors in Zaragoza about why young women become nuns to creating a video showcasing how immigrants in Viterbo integrate into the local culture to studying the process of cheesemaking in Rennes and then actually producing cheese. There were countless exceptional projects and we are proud of our students for the ways in which they relied upon and engaged with the local resources available to them.
Gretchen writes about struggling to say her goodbyes to her friends, teachers and to Rennes.
Our students abroad this year are demonstrating new levels of empathy as they respond to the crisis in Ukraine.