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May 29, 2014

From Russia to Haverhill

A year here teaches exchange student to love the city

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Alina’s favorite experience was participating in this year’s senior class production of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller “The 39 Steps.”

“All the funny and embarrassing moments will forever stay with me,” she said.

When asked about recent events regarding Ukraine and Russia, Alina said it’s a delicate matter and that as an exchange student she does not feel comfortable making any statements.

“What I will say is that, in my opinion, the policy of the country cannot and should not affect the relationship between common people,” she said. “My family and friends don’t really dwell on the matter too much. Most families don’t. Plus, it is hard to tell what the mood really is being so far away from home.”

During her senior year here, Alina joined Haverhill High’s Interact Club — a Rotary Club youth service organization. Interact stands for “international action.’’

“As the club adviser, I found Alina to be a delightful teen who has interesting perspectives on politics, economics and culture,” said history teacher E. Philip Brown. “She will be missed by a lot of students and faculty at Haverhill High.”

What Alina Skripets likes about Haverhill

Recreation offered by places like the Skateland roller skating rink

The public library and its many research materials

Outdoor venues such as Winnekenni Park

A chance to act in Haverhill High’s senior class play

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