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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Meet the Ulster Project kids

  • Four boys and four girls, half Catholic and half Protestant, from Northern Ireland have been visiting McPherson in July as a part of the Ulster Project. The teens are matched with youth from McPherson in attempts to promote cultural understanding.
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  • Four boys and four girls, half Catholic and half Protestant, from Northern Ireland have been visiting McPherson in July as a part of the Ulster Project. The teens are matched with youth from McPherson in attempts to promote cultural understanding.
    The students were asked questions in an effort to help the community learn more about the youth and their visit.
    Matthew Mackle
    1. Who is your host family?
    I am staying with the Cavanaughs.
    2. What is the biggest difference between Kansas and Northern Ireland?
    There are two main differences, the weather and the peace that exists between Protestants and Catholics.
    3. What are you looking forward to the most?
    Lake Day
    4. What do you feel you will gain from the Ulster Project?
    Respect, the trust people have placed in me and to understand and accept others.
    5. How and why did you get involved in the Ulster Project?
    I applied for the Ulster Project after hearing how good it was from friends and family.
    6. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want?
    Food, fuel and a plane
    Emma Quinn
    1. Who is your host family?
    My host family are the Hansens.
    2. What is the biggest difference between Kansas and Northern Ireland?
    Definitely the fact all shops close on Sundays; it's so nice to see everyone taking one day to relax and enjoy time with family.
    3. What are you looking forward to the most?
    I'm very excited for Hutch Day as we are going thrift shopping for the talent show, where I get to dress up my leader, Max Goering, as a prom queen.
    4. What do you feel you will gain from the Ulster Project?
    I have definitely already gained confidence from the project. I'm more comfortable in large groups and talking in front of others.
    5. How and why did you get involved in the Ulster Project?
    I thought the Ulster Project sounded like a once-in-a lifetime experience, and my friends had done it in the past and had an amazing time! I wanted to get involved also as it was a great opportunity to meet new people that I couldn’t have otherwise. I know I have made friends for life through the project.
    6. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want?
    I would definitely bring: a plane to get off the island, birthday cake, Oreoes and Mountain Dew.
    Michael McCarron
    1. Who is your host family?
    The Wheats
    2. What is the biggest difference between Kansas and Northern Ireland?
    Page 2 of 4 - For me, the biggest difference is Kansas people drive on the wrong side of the road.
    3. What are you looking forward to the most?
    I am looking forward to the variety show a lot.
    4. What do you feel you will gain from the Ulster Project?
    I feel I have developed more in my faith while being away, and have gained a lot of life-long friends from across the globe.
    5. How and why did you get involved in the Ulster Project?
    I applied for the Ulster Project after the information night. I did this because I saw it as a great opportunity, and anyone I know who had previously done it said it was the best experience of their life.
    6. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want?
    If I was stranded on a desert island, I would want food, water and a spear.
    Aimee Donaldson
    1. Who is your host family?
    The Houstons
    2. What is the biggest difference between Kansas and Northern Ireland?
    It’s warmer and the portion sizes are bigger.
    3. What are you looking forward to the most?
    Making new friendships that will last
    4. What do you feel you will gain from the Ulster Project?
    More independence and responsibility, as well as, more global awareness and social skills
    5. How and why did you get involved in the Ulster Project?
    Both of my older brothers had been on previous projects in both Hutchinson and McPherson.
    6. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want?
    My phone, food and a plane to get off the island
    Cara Gribbon
    1. Who is your host family?
    The Burgharts
    2. What is the biggest difference between Kansas and Northern Ireland?
    The scenery is really different like the grass, the sky, the buildings, etc.
    3. What are you looking forward to the most?
    I’m looking forward to keeping the friends I’ve made and becoming closer to them and maybe even have them come over to Northern Ireland next year.
    4. What do you feel you will gain from the Ulster Project?
    I feel I’m a lot more confident, and I see things from a different perspective. I also feel like my faith has grown, and I also have gained new friendships with people I would have never met before.
    5. How and why did you get involved in the Ulster Project?
    I wanted to get involved in the project as my brother, my sister and my dad have gone on it, and it’s something I think I could benefit from.
    Page 3 of 4 - 6. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want?
    I would bring water, food and Sam Winchester, because then Dean Winchester would come save him then he would have to save me as well. (They’re from the show “Supernatural.”)
    Robbie Grant
    1. Who is your host family?
    The Barlows
    2. What is the biggest difference between Kansas and Northern Ireland?
    The temperature
    3. What are you looking forward to the most?
    The talent show
    4. What do you feel you will gain from the Ulster Project?
    Confidence and leadership skills
    5. How and why did you get involved in the Ulster Project?
    Information in school
    6. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want?
    Boat, food and water
    Jordan Taylor
    1. Who is your host family?
    The Bahres
    2. What is the biggest difference between Kansas and Northern Ireland?
    The terrain
    3. What are you looking forward to the most?
    At the minute, the talent show
    4. What do you feel you will gain from the Ulster Project?
    Improve leadership skills and friends for life
    5. How and why did you get involved in the Ulster Project?
    Through school and because I had heard a lot about it from previous people, and it got me interested.
    6. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want?
    Knife, radio and battery
    Alice Bennett
    1. Who is your host family?
    My host family is the Suenrams
    2. What is the biggest difference between Kansas and Northern Ireland?
    The biggest difference is the number of fast food restaurants in one area and Kansas is very flat compared to Ireland
    3. What are you looking forward to the most?
    I’m very excited for our talent show and to see all our performances in the Opera House.
    4. What do you feel you will gain from the Ulster Project?
    I feel I will gain a better understanding of the word “community,” and I will look at conflicts in Northern Ireland with a balanced perspective. I hope to gain leadership skills, which may help me in future life. Most importantly, I know I will always have the wonderful memories of this summer and the life-long friends I’ve come to know during this month.
    5. How and why did you get involved in the Ulster Project?
    I had heard briefly about the Ulster Project through past participants, but genuinely gained interest when a girl on the bus who went on the project to Hutchinson last year told me to come along to an information evening, and it was there that I knew I wanted to try out for this amazing opportunity because of all the positive things people had said about the project.
    Page 4 of 4 - Another reason I wanted to participate in the project was because all the past participants were so enthusiastic about the project, and all these people had such leadership skills, which I wanted to gain.
    Furthermore, I wished to become more involved in not only my community but other communities too.
    6. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want?
    If I were stranded on a desert island I would like to have:
    • My kindle (I wouldn't cope without something to read)
    • Pink Vaseline (I can't stand dry lips and pink Vaseline is such a lovely color)
    • A caramel square (my favorite tray bake with a cup of tea)

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