The First Runner-up of The Miss Spiša 2018

Every once in a while, you simply have to challenge yourself, go beyond your limits, don’t have the lack of self-confidence and push forward. Sometimes it is in school, where we do our best to finally get rid of all tests we write, sometimes at work, where we will do overtimes to get the job done correctly, sometimes in personal life, where simple kiss can change your life forever.

Today, we have prepared for you an interview with someone, who did not give up in her dream of being a part of the most ambicious beauty contest in the eastern Slovakia, The Miss Spiša, and it payed off! Enjoy the interview with Sylvia Fargašová, the 1st runner-up of The Miss Spiša 2018!

 From left: Sylvia Fargašová, Klaudia Repková, Barbora Chlebovcová.

1) How do you feel after winning the 1st runner-up of The Miss Spiša title?

I was looking forward to it, even before they announced my name. I’m glad for all the people I’d the opportunity to meet.

2) Do you have any plans to continue in model career?

No, I don’t plan to continue in this path.

3) What are your short-term and long-term goals? We know that you study medicine.

My short-term goal is, for certain, to do the exam that’s waiting for me. About that long-term goal, it is to finish the university and to be contented in life.

4) What did you do during the preparations for the finals?

We practised the schedule every weekend and two weeks before the finals we were on trainings in the Tatras.

5) What did you like about the finals the most? What was the atmosphere like, who was the most likeable juror to you?

The entire finals day was awesome, although, it was very demanding as we were 24 hours on our feet, of which the majority of the time we had to dance on the high-heeled shoes. The atmosphere was great, mainly at afterparty. Many famous people were in the jury, but girls were looking forward to meeting actors from the TV series Oteckovia.

From left: Vladimír Kobielsky, Sylvia Fargašová, Patrik Švajda.

The most beautiful finalists and the jury.

Dear Sylvia, thank you for the interview and congratulations on your big achievement. May you have many more years of success and high achievements. You have made us proud!

 

Ingrid Jančiarová, Martin Urban

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An interview with an exchange student from Brasil

 

As you have probably noticed, we have an exchange student in our schools since September.

We made an interview with her for you!

Tell us something more about yourself, please.

My name is Luiza Taube Toretta and I´m 17 years old. I live in Brazil, Parma, Cascavel.

I´m in the last year of school in Brazil.

Is this your first exchange stay?

It´s the first time I left my country and I live somewhere that is not my hometown.

Why did you decide that you want to study abroad?

I had heard many experiences from my cousins ​​and my brother who made exchange. When they came back they changed a lot and had many experiences and stories to tell.

How long will you be here?

I’m going to stay here for 10 months.

What was the main reason you chose Slovakia?

I was on the waiting list and I had the choice between Slovakia and one other country and I chose Slovakia.

What do you expect from this stay ?

I would like to learn more about the culture here and to be able to come back with experiences and knowledge ​​that I can tell to my friends and family.

What do you like the most here in Slovakia?

I believe that for now – people.

Do you like Slovak nature ?

I like it. I come from a country that also has many natural beauties, but it’s nice to see the differences and that is beautiful in the same way.

Do you like Slovak food  ?

The food is very different, there are things that I like but I have not tasted many traditional things yet.

What is the biggest difference between life in Slovakia and Brasil?

There are many differences, from food to when we eat, or that we treat peple more informally, or that the younger ones have less freedom …

How do you spend your time here when you are not at school?

I’m going to start drawing class, but usually I’m painting or I’m going out with someone.

 

Patrícia Zekuciová (4.C)

 

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Students of our school

We asked a couple of students these questions:

1. How do you like our “orange school”?

2. Is there anything what would you like to change here?

3. What do you see being the biggest difference between the elementary and high school?

4. What are your feelings about imatrikuly?

5. How would you describe your classmates?

6. Are you looking forward to the school skiing course in February?

And what were the answers?

EMA SLOVINSKÁ (1.C)

1. Our teachers are very nice, so I’m very satisfied. 2. I wouldn’t change anything. 3. There are other teachers who have a different type of teaching. 4. It wasn’t bad, but it could be better. 5. I think we are a great team and I like them. 6. Yes, of course.

BIANKA ROCHOVÁ (1.A)

1. My expectations were worse, but I like it here. And there are great people. 2. Nothing. Here’s everything as it should be. 3. There is different attitude of teachers. 4. It was funny, but organizers could be more creative. 5. They are cool people. 6. Of course.

ANNAMÁRIA RIMBALOVÁ (1.D)

1. I’m very happy with that. 2. Maybe more baguettes. 3. There are a lot of people 4. The worst thing was public embarrassment. 5. They are okay. 6. I look forward to it for three years.

OLIVER GONDA (1.C):

1. I think it is cool. 2. I would buy new  desks for the second floor. 3.We have better teachers and free lessons. 4. I think that the previous ones were much better. 5. I’m very glad to be in 1.C. 6. I’m looking forward to it. I expect there Ms. Spišiaková and a lot of snow :D .

ERIK PINČEK (1.D):

1. I really like it here. 2. Could be more toilet paper in toilets. 3. I need to study more. 4. The worst part was the weather. 5. Some of them are a bit strange. 6. I’m really looking forward.

CHRISTIAN ERNEST (1.A):

1. I like it here. There’s fun and I have already got used to here. 2. Probably nothing. 3. I need to learn more and I have to pay more attention during the lessons. 4. I was expecting more difficult tasks, but it was great. 5. My classmates are nice. 6. I’m really looking forward to it.

Dominika Deptová 1.C

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Meet Julieta – our exchange student

Tell us something more about yourself.

My name is Julieta, I’m 18 and I’m from Colombia. I consider myself an extrovert and I’m a joyful person. My greatest passion are the arts, I adore singing, dancing and acting.

How and why did you get into the exchange program?

To be honest since I was a very little kid I always wanted to be away from home on my own. As I grew up this feeling increased and when I reached my last school year I was just desperate to go very far away. Fortunately my mom had a close friend who was member of the rotary club which is currently in charge of my exchange.

What are your expectations?

My expectations as an exchange student are to get to know a new culture and of course to have the greatest year of my life. Also I see this year as a great opportunity to get to know myself better and to acquire more responsibility.

How do you spend your time here?

Besides going to school I attend dancing lessons in the art school and singing in a choir in Košice. Also I have been able to make a lot of friends who make my time here much more funny and busy.

What do you like the most of our country?

Until now I have enjoyed a lot of your beautiful nature and this beautiful town, I also love that people have been really welcoming and nice to me. Oh and of course, I adore Horalky. :D

Do Slovak people surprise you in some ways?

In my country I’m very used to hugs and contact with people that I appreciate, it is something really common. Something that was a little shocking for me is that people here are a little more serious, they don’t like contact that much and I’m trying to get use to it. But it has been really nice to see that the friends that I have made until now started hugging me because they know it was something I really miss.

We know that you already graduated, what do you think about Slovak schooling system?

It is not that different than in my school in Colombia. The only difference is that in Colombia we had the option to stay after class doing activities that we liked.

Do you like Slovak cuisine?

I have found that it is very different to my typical cousine, and even though I don’t like everything I can say that I love goulash and spinach halušky.

Julieta, thanks for the interview and we wish you a great year here in Slovakia with us.

Lenka Zentková (4.E)

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Interviews with our guests from abroad!

More than a month ago we had a special guests here at our school. The students from our partner schools visited us and attended an international workshop. We decided to ask them some questions!

POLAND

Natalia Stachoň

Hi Natalia, tell us something about you.
My name is Natalia Stachoň. I am 17 years old and I am studying biology and chemisty at a lyceum.
What are your hobbies?
I play violin and bass in art school . My whole family sing, dances and plays some musical instruments so thats the reason why I love folk music. I am in a folk group.
Where do you live ?
I live in Podegrodzie. It’s about 9 km from Nowy Sacz.
Do you see some differences between our schools?
Well, your school is much bigger than ours. You have better English skills, and you study English for more years than we do .
What do you like about Slovakia ?
I like Poprad, but I like Spišská Nová Ves, too. What I like most about your city is the tower of your church. The view from the tower is incredible! I really like High Tatras, too.
What you don’t like about Slovakia?
I like everything here. But I like the most the family which is taking care of me right now, because they give me food whenever I want (smiling). I like their dog Charlie! You have really nice and kind teachers.

Patryk Faltyn

Hello, what’s your name?
My name is Patryk Faltyn. I came to Slovakia to visit your school and your city.
What are your favourite activities in your free time?
I like tours in the mountains, and I really like to do motocross.
What do you like about Slovakia?
I really like your mountains, and the family which I stay with right now.
Do you play any musical instrument?
Yes, I do. I play guitar, accordion, violin, saxaphone and bass.

Klaudia Faron

Hello, can you tell us some information about you?
I am 17 years old. I like to sing. I have two dogs, and I really like music – specifically Metal and Funk.
Do you see some differences between Slovakia and Poland?
Not so much, because we are really similar countries. But your school is prettier than ours.
What would you like to do in your future?
I would like to graduate, and then I want to study at Krakow University.

Katka Gburíková (1.C)

HUNGARY

A girl named Eszter answered some of our question. Let’s look what does she think about her short stay in our town.

How was your first impression like when you came to Slovakia?
I was impressed. Slovakia is very beautiful country and honestly, I would’t think it could be this beatufil. It’s like Hungary, but even more bueatiful.
How did you come here?
We came here by bus and it took 8 hours. We even had little accident, but everyone is okay.
What do you like the most about our school? Do you like the atmosphere?
School is very nice, but there is no big difference between your and mine school. Also students, which we spent Friday time with, were very kind and helpful. They took us to nice places. We were in Pizzeria and in tea house Alchymka, where it was very cosy. It was fun. Also we have been on church tower, where is very impressive view.

Valéria Mikolajová (2.A)
Paula Ševčíková (2.C)

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Thomas & Fatima

Dear readers, we´ve made an interview with this-year exchange students Thomas and Fatima just for you!

Interview with Thomas Newman:

1. Where do you come from?

I am from Sevierville, Tennessee. Tennessee is in the southern part of the United States of America.

 

2. Could you introduce your country to our readers?

The United States is a large country in North America. The population of my country is around three hundred fifteen million, and the population of Tennessee is about six million. Our government is a federal republic, and it consists of fifty states and three colonies.

 

3. Was it hard to decide to go to visit foreign country and stay there for almost a year?

I have always loved to travel, and when I was younger my family had several exchange students in our house, so I knew very early that it was something I would want to do. The idea of staying for a year was a little scary at first, but after the first few days everything starts to settle down.

 

4. What was your first impression like when you came to Slovakia?

The drive from Kosice to Spisska Nova Ves was so beautiful, so I had the best first impression. I loved Spisska the first time I saw it.

 

5. Do you have any siblings? How did your family accept the fact you are going to be in foreign country for a longer time?
I have one sister, and she is almost sixteen years old. My family was very supportive in my decision to leave for one year, and they seem to be handling everything at home just fine without me.

 

6. What do you like the most about our country, city and school?

I love the history of Slovakia. I have always liked history, and I love learning more about yours. I love how I can walk to school here in Spisska, at home I have to drive myself to school. School is great, everyone is so nice to Fatima and I. We would have been so lost if our classmates weren’t so willing to help us and explain things to us.

 

7. What is the family you live in right now like?

I live with Jakub Panulin, his parents, and his grandmother. They are the best host family I could have hoped for. They have been treating me like one of their family, and it has really helped me avoid feeling homesick.

 

8. What do you miss the most about your home?

I miss the food from my home a lot. And I know everyone thinks that all we eat is McDonald’s, but that’s not really true. I miss eating our traditional foods with my parents and grandparents.

 

9. Do you like our national cuisine? What do you like the most?

I love the food here so much. I like pirohi the most, but everything I have tried has been really good so far.

 

10. Have you ever been to the High Tatras? Are you planning to visit them  (again)?

I went on a trip with my class to the High Tatras, and we went hiking and saw the Green Lake. I would like to return back if I can.

 

11. Can you imagine you would live in Slovakia in future?

Since I still don’t understand Slovak much, it would be hard for me to imagine living here. As my Slovak gets better, I’m sure I could see myself living here.

 

 

Interview with Fatima Sanchez:

1. Tell us please some basic information about your (your age, where do you come from, how many siblings so you have, etc.)

My name is Fátima Sánchez, I´m 18 and I´m from Argentina. I live in the north-east, my city is called Posadas. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother, all of them older than me.

 

2. Can you please tell us the main reasons why you decided to come to Slovakia as an exchange student?

I decided to come because I saw it like a good way to see life from another point of view. It´s all different.

 

3. How do you like your time in Slovakia so far? What about the school – do you like it here?

Slovakia is a really nice country, I´m having a great time since I´ve arrived. Well, the school is one of the biggest differences… I´ve already finished school in my country, but I´ve never liked it, there teachers are mean and school is too strict. Here it´s much better, I enjoy it.

 

4. What are the main differences between this country and your country? (people, nature, habits,…)

The first difference that I´ve noticed is that here you take off your shoes when you are going to enter to a house! Then the food, it´s completely different, it´s hard for me to get to use to eat it. I didn´t like soups until I came here, soup is everywhere here.

 

5. What are your plans for the future?

Hard question. I´ll go to university when I some back. I´ll have to have a routine and be like normal people again. But I really have no idea what I´m going to study yet.

 

 

Thank you very much!

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