Phs Receives 2010 Global Education Excellence Award



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PHS counselor Judy Michel accepts the Global Education Excellence Award from local EF Foundation coordinator Edie Miller.

Payson High School recently received national recognition for excellence in global education by leading foreign exchange organization EF Foundation for Foreign Study.

Awarded annually, the EF Foundation Global Education Excellence Award is presented to high schools that demonstrate a commitment to international awareness and foreign exchange.

This year, PHS welcomed two EF exchange students into the school, and they became an integral part of PHS’s academic and extracurricular life, involving the school’s community-at-large in the exchange experience.

“The U.S. remains the top destination for international students wishing to study abroad. This not only enables Americans to share their culture and customs, but also learn about one another for a true cultural exchange,” stated EF Foundation President Dan Sodervall.

“Payson High School displayed an admirable dedication to promoting international understanding and global education throughout the school year. We proudly recognize Payson High School for their remarkable commitment to foreign exchange.”

This award was presented to Judy Michel, counselor at PHS, during the high school music concert May 17. Since July 2004, PHS has accepted 15 EF foreign exchange students. The impact these students have had in this community now has students wanting to know more about doing their own exchange abroad.

Local coordinator Edie Miller said, “We thank Payson High School for helping to make the dream of America come true for these students from around the globe. The community and visiting students have shared an unforgettable experience, thanks to the generosity of Payson High School’s principal, teachers, students and families.”

To learn more about getting involved with foreign exchange as a host family, school or local coordinator, contact Edie Miller at or at (928) 476-4871, or visit


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