Pharos-Tribune

November 1, 2013

Another day of excitement for Berries in China

by Whitney Jennings
For the Pharos-Tribune

Editor’s note: Members of the Logansport girls basketball team are visiting China this week for a historic trip. The Lady Berries are the first team from Indiana to make an in-season trip overseas, as Monday was the first official practice day for IHSAA girls basketball teams. The following is a journal that senior Whitney Jennings is writing for the Pharos-Tribune.

Friday, Day 6

If I learned anything from today, it’s that my ping pong skills need some work.

In the morning we visited the Ancient Jinhua City. This is where the city of Jinhua began. One thing we did was practice writing Chinese symbols. We were not very good. It still amazes me how they can remember them all. Some are very complicated. I sometimes have trouble remembering how to write the capital letter ‘G’ in cursive.

Our other stop in the morning was at Jinhua Polytechnic College. It has more than 23,000 students. The campus was beautiful. My mom and Gina Curl joked that they should send Matthew and Little John there because it only costs around $3,000 a year for tuition and room and board.

To begin our afternoon we drove the short distance from Jinhua to Dongyang. We visited the Dongyang Experimental Primary School, the sister school of Columbia Elementary. The children put on a show for us. They played instruments, danced and sang for us. They were all so talented. I was in awe.

Back in September several students from this school came to Logansport to visit. The Curls hosted two of the young boys. Kennedy and Gina were so excited to get to see them again. I could tell the boys were excited, too. It was a special moment.

The final school we visited was Dongyang No. 2 High School. As soon as we got off the bus, students everywhere directed their attention at us. Everyone was waving and clapping.

After touring the school we did some skill competitions with their girls basketball team and then headed to the ping pong table. I started playing a game with one boy. I was feeling confident after I got a couple of points. He was just toying with me though. The very next point he hit a rocket that I had no chance of returning. Everyone got in on the ping pong action, even Coach Hoover and Mr. Fisher.

The day was filled with so much excitement. The students at both the elementary school and high school loved us. It truly is amazing how much they appreciate us coming to China and visiting their schools.