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Madam Chef, Mary Erwin says farewell to foreign exchange student from Indonesia, Rina Nur Annisa

Madam Chef, Mary Erwin is proud to announce that her foreign exchange student, Rina Nur Annisa is departing for home after an extremely active year here in the United States. Parting is indeed sweet sorrow for both Mary Erwin and Rina. Rina will be sorely missed. Both America and Indonesia are better off for the exchange.

 Rina is 17 years old from the Java Islands, Indonesia. Specifically Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She attended Freedom High School and was awarded a highly prestigious award that is given to less than 1% of the student population every year called, "The Patriot of Distinction Award". She was invited to be a senate page by senator Warren Daniel and also recognized after her week as a senate page by the senate president pro tempore as a special foreign observer and followed it by saying that she delighted them all!

 Rina maintained good grades here with a massive effort on her part. She maintained memberships in The Anchor Club, International Club, and School Spirit Club which all required both community service hours and school service hours!

 Her favorite American dish is steak and mashed potatoes! Things that she experienced here and places she visited for the first time in her life include seasons, snow, Washington DC, NYC, Disney world, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Spicy Chips, Skittles, Peanut M&Ms, Goldfish, a Jewish synagogue, a church, an American Muslim mosque, toilet paper, paper towels and organized roads to name a few!

 Rina experienced quite a bit of culture shock and homesickness upon arrival but was determined to stick it out and held her belief that, "Time would make the difference!" Mary Erwin says, “She and I had a hard time at the beginning but now that the end is here I look back on this and know two things; first, I have a daughter forever and second; I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything in the world!

 Congratulations Madam Chef and Rina Nur Annisa