Bo and Mario give a Final Wrap-Up
Recently, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club said farewell to its two Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) students who will be returning home: Bo young-An of South Korea and Mario Jankov from Croatia, shown with Past President John Boylan. During their time in Nassau County, both students lived with three separate host families – Bo on Amelia Island and Mario in Callahan and Bryceville. Bo, who attended Fernandina Beach High School as a freshman, was active in Interact and played in the Jazz Band where she was awarded Top Jazz Musician. Mario, a senior at West Nassau High School, volunteered to work during the Concours d’Elegance and gained a love for American football while attending both Jaguar and University of Florida Gator games. Both said they enjoyed traveling throughout Florida and beyond and learning more about the people and culture of the U.S. The abundance and variety of foods Americans take for granted was another pleasant surprise, they said, as they discovered pizza, steak with loaded bake potatoes and IHOP. However, the memories they will take back to their countries were of the warm reception they received wherever they went and the lifelong relationships they built while here. Bo said she would always cherish the friends she found and will tell everyone in South Korea how wonderful the people of Fernandina Beach and the U.S. are. Mario said that even though he would have to repeat his senior year once back in Croatia, he wouldn’t have given up the past year for anything.