Across the Pond: British Students Visit M-A on Computer Science Trip

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On Thursday, February 8th, a group of students from Prendergast School in London came to M-A to experience an American high school. The group flew to Silicon Valley as part of a two-stop trip. The group first went to visit Stanford, Google campus, and Impossible Foods’ offices. The second stop is in Los Angeles where they will go to Universal Studios.  

Prendergast students participate in a scavenger hunt on M-A

The students started their day at M-A in Tomiko Fronk’s Computer Science Principles class, where they participated in a scavenger hunt across campus. Later, they participated in a math contest alongside students in both Fronk and Computer Science teacher Cynthia Donaldsen’s classes in the library.  

One student from Prendergast said, “M-A’s athletic facilities really stood out to me. We don’t have a field or a pool at Prendergast, so it’s very cool that you guys do.” 

Connie, another student from London, said, “What stuck out most to me about M-A is that people don’t know everyone in their year group.” Prendergast is a small school, so the students were not used to the amount of students per grade at M-A. 

Gordon (far left) stands with Fronk (center) and students from Prendergast

Prendergast Computer Science teacher Garfield Gordon said, “We went to M-A because I knew I wanted to visit the Palo Alto region, and Michele [Breen, Head of the Math Department] was nice enough to respond and host us.” 

M-A junior Shinya Frank, who participated in the scavenger hunt and math contest, said, “It was a super cool experience to work with the British students and also to compete against them.” 

Senior Jonah Missan also participated in the contest and said, “Besides their accents, they were pretty similar to kids around here. They just had some cultural differences like food preferences and favorite artists.”

Michael is a senior at M-A and is in his second year in journalism. He enjoys writing about sports. In his free time, Michael likes to play soccer, surf, and mountain bike.

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