As exchange students from Chile and Argentina arrived in Lee’s Summit during mid-March, President Barack Obama was making his first trip to Argentina. While in Argentina, the president spoke to Argentina youth at a town hall meeting including a young woman who spent several weeks in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District during spring 2015.
Several students from the Youth Ambassador Program 2014 and 2015 attended the March 23 town hall event. One of the teens, Amparo "Ampi" Nieto from Cordoba, Argentina, had the opportunity to ask President Obama a question. Amparo lived with Alonzo and Rhonda Tigner and their daughters, Alexis (Lee’s Summit North High School Class of 2015), and Lauren, a current LSNHS student, during April 2015.
At the town hall meeting, Amparo mentions her experience in Lee's Summit as an exchange student as she engages with President Obama. Her question is related to the difficulty nations and political leaders have working together and cooperating. To watch Amparo interact with the president, visit Obama Argentina Town Hall. Her question is near the end, around 1 hours and 2 minutes into the video, which is 1 hour and 12 minutes.
This year’s group from Argentina and Chile is visiting Lee’s Summit March 22 through April 2, staying with families from Lee’s Summit North High School. They include 13 students and two adult mentor/teachers. This is the third year for the partnership involving Lee’s Summit and the South American countries.
“It is a privilege for LSN to partner with Global Ties, KC, World Learning and the U.S. State Department so that we can host these students each year,” said Robin Villa, Lee’s Summit R-7 Modern Languages Department chairperson and Spanish teacher at LSNHS. “I know this experience has been of great benefit for the students in Argentina and Chile as well as our LSNHS students and faculty.”