VHS Hosts Foreign Students


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International students and their Verona hosts at a goodbye brunch Sunday morning.

Verona was invaded by foreigners this weekend. Rest assured, it was a most friendly incursion: Sixteen exchange students from around the world who are spending the year with host families in New Jersey were the weekend guests of VHS students who are members of the school’s international club. Among the countries represented were Taiwan, Romania, Thailand, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, France and Germany.

There was a full slate of activities planned as part of “International Weekend,” an event coordinated by the student-run club and its faculty advisor, Claudia Milojevic. Though predictions of a snowstorm led to the cancellation of Saturday’s bus trip into New York City’s Museum of Natural History, students enjoyed Friday’s buffet dinner for host families and guests with international foods in the school cafeteria, a chaperoned party on Saturday and a farewell brunch Sunday at a student’s home, as well as meals and visits  with their temporary host families.

The high school has been sponsoring International Weekend  for many years, usually on the first weekend of February.

VHS students and international guests busting dance moves
VHS students and international guests busting dance moves
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“It’s an exciting weekend, with so many benefits for both the hosts and the guests,” says Mrs. Milojevic. Parents and students clearly agree. “This is one of the best things the High School does all year,” said VHS parent Andrea Maestas, as families mingled in the cafeteria on Friday and a spontaneous dance party materialized among the students. Students who wish to participate should contact Mrs. Milojevic at the high school; planning for next year’s weekend will begin soon.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


  1. As an ’83 graduate of Verona HIgh, some of my fondest memories were of International Weekend. I always looked forward to the students coming in, staying with us, and all the activities planned around them! Great memories and wonderful learning experience!


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