Meet Heights High AFS foreign exchange students

Heights High's AFS students and advisors, are (front row, from left) Judith Omendo, from Kenya; Adja Gueye, from Senegal; Fatoumata Toure, from Mali; Thomas Wurth, from Chile; Septeswa Jati, from Indonesia; (back row, from left) AFS Club advisors Becky McDonald and Melha Habajed-Woods; Joycelyn Ajike, from Ghana; Neomi Guadagni, from Italy; Mia von Knobelsdorff, from Germany; and Able Henry, from France. (Not pictured is Pannathorn Tanboonyue, from Thailand.)

For more than 60 years, Cleveland Heights High School and Heights families have hosted AFS foreign exchange students. Each year, the students come from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, and they bring with them a global perspective that they share with their host families and classmates, as well as the community.

Each month, two to three AFS students from the Cleveland East area, which includes Heights High, make presentations at Church of the Saviour (2537 Lee Road). Interested community members are invited to learn about AFS, and meet the students, their host families, and AFS volunteers.

Upcoming monthly presentations are scheduled for April 2 and May 7, 7–8:30 p.m.

Families who may be interested in hosting a student for the 2019–20 school year, or applying to send a student abroad for a summer, semester, or school year, can contact Carla Bailey at, or visit

This year’s Heights High exchange students are: Joycelyn Ajike (Ola), from Ghana, hosted by the Shelton family; Pannathorn Tanboonyuen (Best), from Thailand, hosted by the Nowak-Swain family; Noemi Guadagni, from Italy, hosted by the Weisberg-Smith family; Adja Gueye, from Senegal, hosted by the Conrad family; Able Henry, from France, hosted by the Navas-Ontaneda family; Judith Omendo (EJ), from Kenya, hosted by the Shelton family; Fatoumata Toure (Mama), from Mali, hosted by the Bailey-Walker family; Thomas Wurth, from Chile, hosted by the Bain family; andMia von Knobelsdorff, from Germany, hosted by the Weisberg-Smith family.

Joy Henderson

Joy Henderson is the parent/community liaison for Heights High.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 12:36 PM, 04.01.2019