Editor’s Note: At the Table is an international exchange program that connects high school students in Philadelphia and Riga. The program, undertaken by the National Constitution Center in collaboration with the National History Museum of Latvia, will culminate in two service projects and a collaborative documentary film about civic engagement. Recently, we introduced the first 7 students, last week, we introduced the next 7 students, and in this post, we introduce the final 7 student-written bios of participants from Riga Secondary School of Cultures.
My name is Arthur Churakovs and I am 17 years old. I live in a small village, Ādaži, with my family. I have one older brother. I like chemistry and biology. I like sports. I’m currently doing extreme mountain biking. I’m friendly and open to do a lot of interesting activities. The thing that excites me about “At the Table” is a chance to make friends in USA and visit America. My plans are to study biogenetics in France.
My name is Toms Dzenis, I am 16 years old and I live in Riga, the capital of Latvia. I enjoy traveling and meeting different people. The main educational idea of my school is to teach our students about Eastern and Western cultures. My native language is Latvian, but I also speak English and just a little bit of Japanese and French. I enjoy different kinds of sports, especially ice-hockey and basketball. I think that this project is a good experience for both of our countries to learn about each other.
My name is Agate Kakerane and I am 17 years old. I like to do a lot of things like playing drums, and kung-fu, but I am most interested in philosophy, politics, economy, and business. I also like to learn different languages, I am learning Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, but I know Latvian, English and Russian well. I like to write in these different languages – stories and poetry. The most interesting aspect in this project is politics. It is amazing how the things people did in 80s and 90s made a difference in our country, and it is interesting how those events made Latvia the way it is today. I want to understand more about the things that happened in 90s and why is our country the way it is. I am very interested in politics and business, but the thing I would like to do the most in the future is making theatre plays and maybe some movies too.
My name is Ieva Kince and I am 17 years old. I live in Riga, Latvia with my parents and my younger brother. I have lived in Riga for all my life, but I love to travel. I have been to 15 countries. I speak French, Spanish, English fluently, and a bit of Russian as well. In my free time I love arts, painting, and yoga. The things that excite me the most about “At the Table” is meeting Americans, understanding their multicultural society, and their way of thinking. In the future I want to study diplomacy or medicine.
My name is Elvita Jurgute and I am 17 years old. My hobbies are photography and singing. I am interested in many things – art, music, history, cinematography etc. I agreed to take part in this project because I am interested in the national awakening period in Latvia, because there are many rumors and discussions about it. I would like to know something more about my nation’s history and the way it has formed. I have many interests and I am able to do many things and learn fast so I haven’t decided yet what I would like to do, but I know that I will use the knowledge I have got from my teachers and maybe I will study law.
My name is Uģis Zvagūzis, I am seventeen years old and I come from a family with three children - I am the oldest of my two other brothers. I was born and grew up in Riga, Latvia. My hobbies are sports – playing ice hockey, basketball, and now I am boxing in boxing club “Latvijas Cimdi.” I also enjoy time when I can read good literature, playing cards, or just hanging out with friends. I love music too and I can enjoy the best artists from many styles and times. In this project I am really excited about going to USA, especially, Philadelphia. I hope to learn more about USA culture and history of my own country.
My name is Paula Popmane and I am a 17 year old sister to my 9 months younger brother. I grew up in a small town named Lēdurga, but now I am living in my favorite city in Latvia – Riga. I am artistic and creative. I love music, so I play piano, block flute, and kokle (our national string instrument). I am singing in a band and I would love to be a poet or writer. In this project I am very excited to meet new people and to dig deeper in Latvian history, because history is one of my favorite lessons. My plans for the future are to be a journalist, but later I would love to study about literature, art and cultures.
At the Table: Connecting Culture, Conversation and Service in Latvia and the U.S. was funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with American Association of Museums. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of State.