Texoma Exchange Student Wins National Contest

Through sharing her experiences in Texoma, a foreign exchange student has won a national contest.

Marija Jovanovic is heading to California for an all expense paid trip to the Better Understanding for A Better World conference.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers talked with Marija and her host mother about her recent accomplishment.

Marija Jovanovic is from Serbia.  She is able to study at Olney High School thanks to a grant from the Council on International Educational Exchange or CIEE.

Marija has been living with the Rollings family since the middle of December.

"It's allowed us to get a different view of that part of the world and learn more about it. It's given us opportunity to open our home and allow someone to come here and experience what it's like to live in the U.S.," Janet Rollings said.

CIEE recently gave students the opportunity to enter a contest to win a trip to San Diego for the Better Understanding For A Better World conference.

"It was for a newsletter and you're supposed to put pictures and tell about your experiences and share that with the rest of the people and show what I saw and experienced," Jovanovic said.

She is one of the eight winners chosen out of hundreds.

"I was so happy. It was the end of lunch and beginning of class and I was jumping and smiling and telling teachers I was really happy. Happy for three days and I'm still happy. I'm counting the days to my trip," Jovanovic said.

Her newsletter documented her adventures of tubing at the lake, the Texas State Fair and her trip to Austin.

She also writes about one of the things about the lone star state she will miss the most.

"The big Texas sky," she said.

Jovanovic heads to California Wednesday for the conference.

She will return to graduate with the Olney senior class then go home to Serbia mid June.

For more information on the conference and the CIEE program click here.

You can also watch our Inside Texoma episode about some exchange students in Archer City who are also in the United States through  CIEE programs by clicking here.