Exciting Year Comes to an End for Exchange Student

jonas and demers family

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

It has been an amazing ride for Jonas Brill, foreign exchange student at Winner High School and sadly it will come to end Thursday as he boards a plane to return to Germany.

It is bittersweet. He is excited to see his family but sad to leave his American family and all his friends at Winner High School.

Jonas has spent the year in Winner as a foreign exchange student from Mainz, Germany, under the auspices of the EF (Education First).
He lived with the John and Sandy DeMers family and got to play football with Drew DeMers, John and Sandy’s youngest child.

After college, he would like to come back to America.

The America Jonas saw in the movies is much different from what he experienced. In Winner there are no palm trees or beaches and we do have very cold weather. But Jonas got so much more: a community who welcomed him with open arms, a band of brothers known as the Winner High School football team and a loving family in John and Sandy DeMers.

lt. gov. matt michaels

Winner to Hold Services

S.D. Lt. Gov. Matt Michels will be the speaker at the Memorial Day service in Winner. The service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 30, at the Winner Cemetery.

He was elected on the ticket with Gov. Dennis Daugaard and took office in 2011.

The Avenue of Flags will be placed at the cemetery. Help from the public is requested for placing the flags at the cemetery. On Sunday, at 1 p.m., a small flag and cross will be put on the grave of each veteran. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, flag poles will be placed next to the holes. On Monday at 6 a.m. the large flags will be placed on the flag poles. At 4 p.m. on Memorial Day crews will remove the small flags and crosses and the larger flags.

The Winner Legion and VFW will be providing services at area cemeteries. The services on Monday will be at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Clearfield, 9 a.m.; Holy Spirit Cemetery of Ideal at 9 a.m., Lenker Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. and ZCBJ Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.

Memorial Day Services in Colome

Memorial Day services in Colome will be held on Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at the Colome Legion.

The guest speaker will be South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels.

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