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Edmundo Ortiz '18 named English-Speaking Union Scholar

Edmundo OrtizEdmundo Ortiz '18 is headed across the pond for a once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity as an English-Speaking Union Secondary School Exchange Scholar.

The appointment grants Ortiz a full scholarship to spend a year between high school and college at a British boarding school. Next year, he will study at Eastbourne College in East Sussex, England. He has already been accepted to Bowdoin College, a top liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine, for the 2019-2020 academic year and plans to study English, philosophy, and politics.

"I love the English culture, love learning and love traveling, and taking this Gap year would give me the opportunity to do all three," Ortiz said. "Also, I want to be a writer when I grow up, and having a year with no academic pressures will allow me to read and write whatever I want without the worry of college applications or studying for the SAT."

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Thanksgiving 2018 at Dartmouth House, London

Every year, ESU Secondary School Exchange Scholars from the United States studying in the United Kingdom travel from across the UK to gather at the English-Speaking Union in London for a Thanksgiving Celebration at Dartmouth House.  The scholars have been in the UK since early September studying at nine schools in England, Scotland, and Wales as a part of the SSE program.  SSE Scholar Anna Brummeler is keeping a photo blog this year - check it out here!

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SSE Scholar Arrives to Emma Willard School

SSE Scholar recently arrived from the UK to Emma Willard School in Troy, New York for a two-term exchange, pictured here with Jamie Hicks-Furgang, Head of Enrollment Management and Kent Jones, Director of College Counseling.

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