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Patrick Henry Welcomes Xianheng Wang '14 From Shanghai, China for February 6th

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On a day that Mr. Murray's wife left to visit their son in Shanghai, Mr. Murray welcomed Patrick Henry's second foreign exchange student from the same city in China.  Xianheng is pronounced "See ya huh.," but he also allows people to call him Robin if that pronunciation is a problem.

How do you like America so far?

I like America because the countries of America and China are so different.  Shanghai is warmer this time of year and it is by the Pacific Ocean.  Minnesota has the Mall of America.  In China most of the buildings are very high because there are so many people and land is scarce.  Minnesota is more spread out.

Who has better food?
I like both.  In China we eat rice everyday.  My favorite American food is sausage pizza.

How is school different at Patrick Henry from your high school in China?

In China there is no dating between boys and girls during school.  I went to a boarding school in China where I lived in my school.  I stayed overnight and only saw my family on weekends.  We worked hard from morning until we went to bed on our school work.  At suppertime we had about an hour to relax and do something fun like play a sport.  To me, China schools are a little boring. 

I like Patrick Henry because the classes are interesting.  My classmates are very nice to me.  My teachers are good and they are fun.  I like Mr. Buzza because he is a caring teacher.  We had a lot of fun with the singing star (Andy Grammar).  In China a big star like that would never visit a school.  I also like Henry because it has a lot of activities.  I plan to go out for Tennis in the Spring and will begin conditioning exercises soon for that sport.

What is something that you would change about Patrick Henry?

I have to get up too early to catch a Metro Transit bus to come to school.  I wish that school could start later in the morning so I could sleep.

Why did you choose Henry?

My sister told me that I could choose from two or three schools and Patrick Henry was one of them.  Patrick Henry was one of the closest schools to my house, even though I live in Brooklyn Center, so we came to Henry.

What is your favorite TV show?

Anything about the NBA.  Basketball is very popular in China.  My favorite basketball player is Kobe Bryant.  When we had free time in China we always played basketball or video games about basketball.  Very popular.

What is your favorite subject?
Math is my favorite.  It is easy for me, because I learned a lot of what I am studying now two years abgo in China, but that's okay because I've forgotten some of it.  I also like my Chinese class.  It's nice to know so much about my Chinese language and be able to help students and tell them what China is really like.

What will you do when you graduate from high school?

I want to go to college in California becaue I have a lot of friends there.  I plan to study business.  I would like to live in America because it has many good things, but so does China.  I like Chinese food a little better than American. It is very hard to find a job in China.  If you are rich in China you are very rich.  If you are poor, you are very poor.

Tell us about yourself in Chinese.

  大家好!我叫王贤恒,今年17岁。我的生日是9月8号,1994年出生。我来自中国,今年是我在美国呆的第二年。我很喜欢美国。我喜欢美国的食物,比如说Pizza,牛排等等。我喜欢打网球,乒乓球还有看篮球。我刚来美国时学了半年的网球,现在还是马马虎虎的。乒乓球我在中国算是玩了3年,玩的也说不上好也就马马虎虎的。本人很喜欢看小说,比如科幻。老实说我不是很喜欢上学,太枯燥了。不过那是在中国的感想,来了美国以后我体会到了上学的乐趣。在中国一般都是,从早读到晚,就这样一直循环。在美国的话下午3点放学自由活动,身心都得了满足。我为什么选着henry学校,其实也是瞎蒙的。不过我相信我没有选错学校。通过我上学的这一个星期半,我感觉到幸运女神是站在我这一边的。我很高兴来到henry学校!很高心认识大家!