Students selected for trip
Lansing High School officials have announced the eight students and three teachers who will visit Kaifeng Middle School No. 5 in March.
It will be the second tour for LHS students and staff as part of a three-year partnership that began in March when the initial LHS group visited China.
Selected students were freshmen Talhah Siraj and Jennifer Smisek; sophomores Beth Edmonds and Dana Piper; and seniors Michael Brooks, Aaron Heintzelman, Jerrica Lock and Phillip Johnson. Alternates are freshmen Katelyn Oney and Anisha Patel.
LHS teachers Bianca Elliott, Linda Leffler and Cathy Smith also will make the two-week trip, which will include visits to Kaifeng No. 5 Middle School, Shanghai, Beijing and Xian.
Leffler said the selection process for students included a written application and letters of recommendation from teachers and community members outside LHS.
In addition, the selection committee focused on each applicant's interest in an international career, academic standing, leadership qualities and a willingness to learn about the Chinese culture and tell others about it.