ARHS Sene-Gambian Scholars Program to share exchange experience

The Sene-Gambian Scholars Program at Amherst Regional High School will share experiences from its recent exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The program is free and open to the public.

Students and faculty who participated in the February/March exchange trip will show photos of West African schools, communities, and cultural sites; offer reflections on the experience of living with families in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, and Gunjur, a village in The Gambia; and present short research projects on topics such as education, gender roles, and environmental challenges.

Registration is not required but would be appreciated. Visit Refreshments will be provided.

Students who participated in the exchange program are seniors Dalitso Banda and Reilly Lepak; juniors James Cairn, Hattie Carolan, Zaim Elkalai, Liam Felton, Elizabeth Knapp, Rebecca Lee, Yacine Norris-Fall, Michelle Redenz, Pearl Tulay, and Henry Wilhelm; and sophomore Benna Kropf.  Faculty who accompanied the group on the exchange are Momodou Sarr, Bruce Penniman, and Aaron Kropf.

The exchange trip, the culmination of two years’ planning and fundraising, was the third in an ongoing partnership. The first two exchange trips to West Africa took place in 2013 and 2016, and students from Senegal visited Amherst Regional in 2014 and 2017. Student groups from Senegal and The Gambia are expected again in the spring of 2019.

For additional information, e-mail adviser Bruce Penniman at


Sene-Gambian Scholars and advisers visited Gambian president Adama Barrow (center), who was democratically elected in 2016 after 22 years of dictatorship.

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