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Hi!  My name is Marielle [hidden text] and I am currently a junior at [hidden text] High School in [hidden text], Ohio.  I am excited and anxious about spending the next year in Finland thanks to the [hidden text] Rotary Club.   My family consists of my mom and dad, my brother, and three cats.  I am sixteen years old now, but will turn seventeen shortly after I leave for exchange.  In school, I have been very active playing my flute for symphonic band and marching band.  Youth group activities and singing on the youth praise team at my church also take up much of my time.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, and spending time with family.   I have been working with a tutor to learn Finnish for about five months, so I hope that I will be able to communicate.   I plan on being a medical doctor after college, and plan to study pre-med in college.  I cannot wait to see what new adventures I will experience next year in Finland, but I am sure that I will grow, change, and enjoy the experience.

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