The four ESU students are (left to right) Sarah Stackhouse, Maeve Kline, Tosin Bolarin, and Eden Brackenbury
May 22, 2014

Three Culver Girls Academy seniors and one Culver Military first-classman will be taking a gap year to attend boarding schools in the United Kingdom. The four students will be participating in the English Speaking Union program.

They will be spend a post-graduate year taking classes at ESU-designated boarding schools. Eden Brackenbury (Marion, Ind.) will be attending Llandovery College in Llandovery, Carmathenshire, Wales; Maeve Kline (Culver) will head to Harrogate Ladies College in Yorkshire, England; Sarah Stackhouse (Riverview, Fla.) will be attending St. Teresa’s Effingham in Surrey, England; and Tosin Bolarin (Westfield, Ind.) will also be in Wales at Rydal Penrhos.

This year, Culver Academies hosted ESU student Hannah Grafton, from Sheffield, England. She will be attending the University of Leicester next year.

Since 1928, the English Speaking Union has offered thousands of young people the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a gap year in a private high school in the United Kingdom. Considered the Rhodes Scholarship for American high school students, ESU winners study a range of subjects not normally offered by American schools.

The ESU program is also as much a cultural exchange as an academic one. Host schools offer an extensive range of extracurricular activities and facilities. There are also opportunities to travel through Europe during the traditional English school year breaks This increased independence, wider outlook, and increased maturity benefits each student when they do enroll in college.

Culver also participates in the American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers (ASSIST) program. This year, two juniors spent the school year at Culver. They were Anna Erdi, of Vaszoly, Veszprem, Hungary, and Beatriz Moreno-Torres Garcia, from Zaragoza, Spain.

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