An energetic and talented visitor from Russia is making American friends for herself and her country as she completes her junior year at Delta High School.
Kseniia Baimacheva has made herself a welcome guest of honor since Jan. 1.
She will be here until graduation in May when she travels back home. Though an 11th grader here, she will then begin taking her university entrance examinations.
She says, "I have fallen in love with the USA. Everyone is so helpful to me, and people are just smiling all of the time!" Her excellent English language and communication skills speak highly to the quality of education in her homeland.
Her hometown is Izhevsk (pop. 628,116) the capital of Russia's Udmert Republic.
The city is home to some remarkable cultural landmarks including St. Michael's Cathedral and the republic's Presidential Palace, and a state technical university.
The city is also home to the Izhevsk Circus, a cultural institution that has played a large role in Kseniia's life. She is a trained performer in the athletic arts of hoops, also called "rings," and she has also trained to perform as a contortionist.
Kseniia is taking an active role in the community during her five-month stay here. She has given performances and classroom demonstrations of her talents, and has trained with friends at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.
Kseniia is also showing gratitude towards her adopted home and her newfound friends by taking a part in the Delta High School student production of "Hello Dolly."blog comments powered by Disqus