J. Frank White Academy Attends World School in Romania

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Three students from the J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) represented the United States at World School International Forum in Iasi, Romania, September 22 – October 5. The cultural exchange program brings together high school students and teachers from 21 countries to create a network of friendships, broaden perspectives and develop globally minded future leaders.


Olivia Nichols a junior from Tazewell, Tennessee, Mackenzie Graham, a sophomore from Harrogate, Tennessee, and Anna Posey, a senior from Tazewell, Tennessee, accompanied by JFWA Spanish instructor Zachary Greene makde up Team USA. The students competed for the three spots through a rigorous application and interview process in May 2019. As part of the preparation for the trip, the students created a dance routine, choreographed to a medley of American music through the decades. All schools participating will share a culturally relevant performance. 

“The 2019 delegation worked hard to prepare for this year’s forum,” Greene said. “They conducted research and gathered evidence to carry with us to Romania in order to contribute to the themed conversation of consumption versus consumerism. The J. Frank White Academy always sends an all-star group to World School, and this year was no different.” 

Kanto International High School in Katsura, Japan, organizes and hosts World School International Forum every other year. It alternates to a different host country when not in Japan. This year the host school was Costache Negruzzi High School in Romania. LMU and JFWA hosted World School in 2002 and 2012, and sends a delegation each year. 

Created in 1997 by Masaki Matsudaira, a former chairman and current adviser to Kanto International School, World School aims to create a truly borderless entity that will bring together high school students and teachers from all areas of the world to help the participants create their image of an ideal educational program. The program trains students to adopt a global perspective by becoming receptive to differences. 

This year students tackled the issue of consumption versus consumerism and work in groups to create a culminating presentation of solutions. During the homestay portion of the program, students will spend eight days living with Romanian families. 

Countries represented at World School include Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Macao, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Vietnam. 

The J. Frank White Academy is a private, college preparatory, day school serving grades K-12. The Academy is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University and is STEM and AdvancEd accredited. For more information call the main office at 869-6234 or visit JFWA.LMUNET.EDU

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected].

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