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8/21/2013 2:11:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Local student to study abroad through Rotary Exchange
LAWRENCEVILLE - In the fall of 2012, Muriel Brumley, Lawrenceville High School freshman, was accepted as a Rotary Youth Exchange student for 2013-2014 school year.

She is the daughter of Ed and Dianne Brumley and granddaughter of Esther and the late Bill Brumley of Lawrenceville and Frances and the late Bob Dehner of Olney.

Along with a lengthy application, she was required to rank 37 countries in the order of her preference. Rotary representatives told her that she would probably be placed in one of her top five selections, or at least the top 10. On Jan. 27, she received the call that she was going to Italy, her number one choice.

Muriel Brumley will spend her sophomore year in the city of Trecase, in the province of Naples, Italy. Her first host parents are Raffaele and Cinzia Ricciardi. Their own daughter, Renata, also a Rotary exchange student, has already arrived at her destination of Jacksonville, Fla.

Raeffaele Ricciardi is the chairperson of the Italian District 2100 and Past President of the Rotary Club of Pompeii Oplonti Vesuvius East, Brumley's host club.

Naples is located on the west coast of southern Italy, on the Mediterranean Sea. It is known as the birthplace of pizza. Mount Vesuvius and the Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum are part of the landscape.

Brumley will live with three families during her exchange year, attend school and Rotary meetings. She is expected to know basic conversational Italian when she arrives, but will be encouraged to learn the native language as quickly as possible. Her host mother, Cinzia, is a high school teacher and will be her tutor.

Italian students go to school Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brumley will attend I.S.I.S. Pitagora B. Croce School in Torre Annunziata, Naples. Unlike most high schools in the U.S., Italian students are assigned a home room and their teachers rotate class to class.

While the Rotary Club of Richland County is the official sponsoring club for her exchange year, the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville has also donated toward her expenses.

The cost of being a RYE student ranges from $5,000 to $8,000, depending on the assigned country. The student and family are responsible for the majority of the cost.

Thanks to a successful hog raffle made possible by Jordi and Tracey Price, and a separate raffle of an oil change and car detailing by Albright Motor Company, Brumley had a significant jump start to fund-raising efforts last winter. Lynda Buchanan donated homemade jellies, jams and other items for sale. Individual donors, family and friends have made her exchange possible.

The Bridgeport First United Methodist Church held a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser and they raised $2,015 which will go toward her expenses abroad.

Brumley is in the process of launching a blog to post highlights of her year in Italy. Those interested can follow her on: or e-mail her:

She will be leaving from St. Louis on Tuesday and will return to the United States in early June 2014.


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