Editor’s Note: At the Table is an international exchange program that connects high school students in Philadelphia and Riga. The program, undertaken by the National Constitution Center in collaboration with the National History Museum of Latvia, will culminate in two service projects and a collaborative documentary film about civic engagement.
In this post, student-participants from the Riga 10th Secondary School, a multicultural school in the Latvian capital, introduce themselves. What follows are student-written bios from 7 of the 21 participating Latvian students. The remaining 14 students will introduce themselves in subsequent posts.
My name is Danija Malceva. I’m 16 years old and grew up in the Republic of Latvia. I enjoy playing volleyball, and am interested in dancing. I also like walking, because I love nature very much. When speaking about the project “At the Table,” I want to practice my English and get deeper knowledge about our history. I’m very glad, that my school gives me such a good opportunity. This project will be very interesting because of different people and their experiences. I’m excited to communicate with other peers, hear their ideas about youth problems, and plans for the future.
My name is Victoria Koshel. I’m 16 years old. I’m interested in sports, especially modern pentathlon, because I’m practicing this. I’m interested in art as well. In fact, last year I graduated an art school. I also like history very much – these are one of my favorite lessons at school. I think that the project “At the Table” is very interesting to me, because I’ll discover more about my country and America. In the future I would like to go to a university and get a good education. I’m glad to take part in this project and communicate with other teenagers abroad.
Veronika Martjanova. I am 15 years old and I am the only child in my family. I grew up in Riga, Latvia. I enjoy painting and singing. Also I have played tennis for 9 years and am learning Chinese. I am a fan of movies and go to cinema every week. The thing that excites me the most about “At the Table” is contacting and making friends in USA. In addition, I am interested in the movie- making process. My plans for the future are to travel to Canada and study in a Medical University to be a surgeon.
Igor Pupko. I am 15 years old and I am the eldest of a family of two children. I grew up in Riga, Latvia. I enjoy playing chess, floorball and reading books. And also I like drawing and hanging out with my friends. The things that excite me the most about “At the Table” is the great experience meeting new people. I plan to study medicine and healthcare to eventually become a surgeon or pharmacist.
Hello, my name is Vladislav Poznjak. I am the only child in my family. I was born in the Russian Federation but grew up in the Latvian Republic, a little country in West Europe with an interesting but ambiguous history and beautiful nature. I like programming, mathematics, physics and chemistry; also I am fond of history and political science. I also do martial arts. My first step for the future is to become a highly qualified engineer. In my opinion this profession is [the foundation] of modernity. The thing that excites me the most about “At the Table” is the possibility to communicate with people who have another type of thinking which will be new to me!
My name is Ilja Cesass. I am 16 years old, was born in Riga, and still live here. I am interested in music, nature, and sports. In fact, I am volleyball champion of my country. I also like to travel and have been to all European countries. My family is very big as I have 4 sisters and am the other brother in my family. My plans for the future are to improve my skills in English and work in the USA as a doctor.
My name is Deniel Briuvers. I am 16 years old and grew up in capital city of Latvia – Riga. I like to play soccer, basketball, tennis, table tennis, and I am a professional skier. I like to go outdoors to meet with my friends. I have friends everywhere, even some friends in Chicago with whom I talk h every weekend. I find this project very interesting and I am proud that I can take part in it. I plan to become an engineer or financier and hope to study in America.
At the Table: Connecting Culture, Conversation and Service in Latvia and the U.S. was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with American Association of Museums. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of State.