Walker High School has a new foreign exchange student named Damaris Dressler. Damaris is from a town in West Germany called Bad Marienberg. She is living with Sara Sherrer and her family. This year she would be a junior at Evangelisches Gymnasium in Bad Marienberg. Her hometown high school is a small private school with about 500 students in attendance. At Evangelisches Gymnasium, students do not have lockers. Also, students do not change classes; rather teachers rotate from classroom to classroom. After school, Damaris says she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, working out, and playing badminton.
In Bad Marienberg, Damaris lives at home with her mother and father. She is the youngest of three siblings; two brothers and one sister. When asked, what her parents think about her being gone, she responded, “I hope they are sad, they are missing me.”
Damaris gave quite a few examples of the differences she’s noticed between her hometown in Germany and Jasper, Alabama. Right away she noticed that Germany has much healthier food and said, “I have never eaten so much chicken in my life.” When she left Germany, the weather was cold and rainy. Damaris loves summers in Germany, but is surprised at how hot it has been in Alabama. Because the weather is usually cool in Germany, most homes there do not have air conditioners, only heaters. Also, Damaris noted the difference in transportation modes between the two countries. In Germany, they often walk, whereas here we always drive.
This is not Damaris’s first exchange experience. She has attended schools in Greece and France as well. She can speak three languages: German, French and English. Damaris is a talented drawer and aspires to one day be a professional artist.
By Austin Pierce