Scattergood honored by Chinese
News · July 17, 2014

Scattergood Friends School, a boarding and day college preparatory school in West Branch, has been awarded the Education Agency of the Year Award by the Chinese Association of Iowa for its international student program.

Scattergood has a long history of educating a diverse and global population of high school students, between 25 and 30 percent of whom come from outside the United States. Scattergood promotes more communication with families of students from many other countries, greater English fluency of students whose mother tongue is not English, and cultural diversity among its students and staff.

“We thank the Chinese Association of Iowa for helping us broaden and further the possibilities for Scattergood’s international students,” said Scattergood Head of School Christine Ashley, who as a high school and college student became conversant in Chinese and later lived in South Asia for eight years.

When she arrived in Iowa four years ago as Head of School at Scattergood, she initiated contact with the US China Association with the goal of benefiting the school’s Chinese student population.

“When students from China look back, they will treasure their experience at Scattergood,” said Hilda Wolle, past president and current board member of the Chinese Association of Iowa. Wolle and current president Swallow Xiaozhe Yan presented the award to Scattergood at its Iowa Chinese Achievement Awards Ceremony and Chinese New Year Celebrations Feb. 1, in Des Moines.

Past recipients of CAI’s Education Agency of the Year award include: Norwalk School District, AIB College of Business, Iowa State University International Students and Scholars Office, Drake University Chinese Cultural Exchange Program, and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Scattergood is the first private Iowa high school to receive this honor.

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