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Posted by John Borst on Sep 29, 2022
After a two-year COVID drought, Rotary International’s “Long Term” Youth Exchange program has returned. Bérénice Perrin is from Chaumont, France and will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Kingston families for the 2022-23 school year. 
In a brief presentation to the club Bérénice introduced herself. She has just turned 16, and while here is attending Sacred Heart High School in Grade 11.  So far, she is involved in cross-country running competitions, choir, and the International club.  
Perrin introduced her family, who are all athletically involved. Her father, Vincent has a roofing and insulation business. Her mother, Frédérique stays at home. She has an older sister, Florine, 19 who is studying sports at Montpelier and a younger sister Joséphine who is 11 and in sixth grade. She also has a brother, Martin who is in his third year of medical school. 
Her home city of Chaumont, has a population of 20,000 and is famous for its 52 m (171 ft) tall and 600 m (2,000 ft) long viaduct built in 1856 over which the Paris-Est–Mulhouse-Ville railway, runs and its Chaumont Volley-Ball Club who won the Ligue1 championship in 2016-17.
Bérénice attends the Lycée Charles de Gaulle. School which has about the same enrollment as Sacred heart in Kingston. There, she goes from 8 am to 6 pm with Wednesday afternoon off.
Outside of school Bérénice spends a lot of time training for the triathlon. It is a big part of her life and involves her whole family when there is a meet on the weekend.  
After graduating from high school, Bérénice plans to attend Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies) a public research university. There she wants to focus on human rights issues.  

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