San Pablo High School students get hands-on experience in the CCES.San Pablo High School students get hands-on experience in the CCES.

An international exchange program with a thriving high school in Montevideo, Uruguay has formed a bond between nine students, their principal, and four professors on Concordia University Wisconsin’s Mequon campus, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive.

Students are enhancing their English speaking skills, engaging in hands-on pharmacy activities, and learning about marine life at the university’s environmental education center during their two week stay on campus. Rock climbing, scuba diving, an overnight campout, and a visit to Miller Park for a Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball game are just a few of the “field trips” planned for the 14 and 15-year-old students currently on winter break.

San Pablo Lutheran High, the lone Lutheran high school in the second smallest nation in South America, has seen its enrollment spiral upwards to over 1,200 students, according to Dr. Michael Dietz, director of global outreach and innovation at Concordia. “Their principal, Mauro Roll, is absolutely loaded with energy and innovative ideas,” noted Dietz. He credited Concordia’s Dr. Uvidelio Castillo and Professor Bruce Bessert, along with Concordia alumnus Jenna Roeske-Saleska, new principal at Trinity Lutheran School in Sheboygan, and Joshua Nelson, a science and mathematics teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Ixonia, with helping to create a “hands-on, minds-on experience” in what is now the fourth year of the Uruguay Immersion Adventure.

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— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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