The International Students Organization recognized students for individual accomplishments at Thursday’s International Foods Night.

The first group to be recognized was the Cultural and Exchange Resources Bureau participants. These students have participated in the Teen Advisory Group or Friday Filler program at the library and spoken to community groups or classes about their country. Chellie Wallace, faculty leader of the group, says sometimes it is a presentation, sometimes a simple discussion. They often create a slide presentation and bring props for illustration.

Those who have worked in this program are Anouk vanNoord (Netherlands); Andre Arissol and Henri Langton (England); Josef Manhart (Germany), Anastasia Zykova, Elvira Zinnatullina, and Artur Mavlienberdiev (Russia); Jung Ho Park, Sena Park, and Ruka Shimohata (Korea); Alba Vera Ponte (Spain/Catalan); Beatriz Palmieri de Souza, Marcos Silva Gestiera Ferreria Jr., and Petar Pesic (Serbia); and Melissa Rodriguez Chavarria (Costa Rica).

The second group to be recognized as the Lunch & Learn presenters for 2017-2018. Each month the International Students Organization invites students and members of the community to attend an internationally focused Lunch & Learn program in the Learning Commons that focuses on one country from a native student perspective.

The students recognized were Andre Arissol and Henri Langton (England); Josef Manhart (Germany); Anastasia Zykova, Elvira Zinnatullina, and Artur Mavlienberdiev (Russia); Jung Ho Park, Sena Park, and Ruka Shimohata (Korea); Alba Vera Ponte (Spain/Catalan); Beatriz Palmieri de Souza, Marcos Silva Gestiera Ferreria Jr., and Petar Pesic (Serbia); and Melissa Rodriguez Chaarria (Costa Rica).

The T. Shawn McGrath Spirit Award went to Sena Park, the Spring 2018 Academic Leadership Scholarship to Fuzuki Kojima, the Fall 2019 Spirit Scholarship to Qiwen Liao, and the Franzman Family Scholarship to Ruka Shimohata.

Special Exchange Recognition went to the Year Exchange in America for Russians (YEAR) Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow: Elvira “Ellie” Zinnatulina, Anastasia “Nastia” Zykova and Artur Mavlienberdiev.

Although Josef Manhart has moved on from Otero Junior College, he was recognized by Congress-Bundestag Young Professionals Youth Exchange sponsored by the U.S. Congress and German Bundestag.