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Host families needed this summer for exchange students


St. Peter-area families are needed for this summer to host exchange students (ages 14 to 17) from France and Spain.


These students, who have studied English for at least three years, will be attending basketball camps at Gustavus Adolphus College as part of Xperitas’ Sports Immersion--Basketball Program. The basketball camp runs from July 10 to July 21 and the students will stay on campus during that time. Host families would be needed for the rest of the time they are staying in St. Peter.


There will be 15 students from Spain who will be in St. Peter from June 25 to July 30. Those students would need host families from June 25 to July 10 and then again from July 21 to July 30. Families can choose to be a host family for both parts of their stay or only one half, whichever works best for their situation.


The 10 students from France will stay in St. Peter from July 9 to July 31, but would only need host families from July 21 to July 31.


Host families can earn $250 towards their student's expenses if they travel to Costa Rica with the SPHS group in the future.


Anyone interested in hosting a French or Spanish student this summer should contact SPHS Spanish instructor Dan Englehorn at  or begin the process by filling out Xperitas’ host family application at


Xperitas’ mission is to help transform lives through shared global experience and intercultural learning. Whether it is traveling abroad with one of its cultural immersion trips or opening your home to an international student, their programs offer limitless opportunities for student(s) or family to embark on a one of a kind cultural journey.



SPHS alum has key role with his college newspaper

2012 grad Pace Maier serving as sports editor at NDSU's semi-weekly publication, The Spectrum


Pace Maier, a 2012 Saint Peter High School graduate, has taken a passion for writing he developed during an English class at SPHS and is transforming it into a possible career path.


Maier, now a senior at North Dakota State University in Fargo, is the sports editor for The Spectrum, NDSU’s student newspaper ( The positive experiences he has had during his time with the semi-weekly publication have given him aspirations to remain in that field in some capacity.


Pace, son of former St. Peter residents Renae and Loren Maier, was a member of the 2012 St. Peter boys basketball team which advanced to state tournament. He was also on the boys’ golf team as well and very active in other activities during his time at SPHS.


We recently had a chance to catch up with Pace to ask him a few questions about college life, plans after school and how his time here at SPHS influenced him. Below are his responses:


What is your major and what year are you in your studies? -- I'm a journalism major with a double minor in English and management communication. I'm also a senior (I will graduate in May).


What influenced you to go into your field of study? - Well, I love to write. I'm always writing. Whether it’s an article, poem, parts of my book, I enjoy writing. My grandma writes for her hometown newspaper, so I don't know if I got those writing genes from her or not, but I love sports and I love to write and I thought to myself why not combine those two and make a career out of it.


How did you get involved with the Spectrum? -- I lived on campus my first year (2012), and I was originally a business management major, but I remember picking up The Spectrum two days a week outside my dorm throughout the first few weeks of class because there was a newspaper rack right there and I saw an ad saying something like get paid for writing for us, and I emailed the editor in chief soon after that and started out as a contributing writer in the sports section.


What do you enjoy most about being the Sports Editor? -- I'm busy 24/7 with interviews, games and office time, but I enjoy sitting on press row at a basketball game or in the press box for a football game and I love figuring out how to show people not tell people what happened with words. I love interacting with the student-athletes, because their stories are so unique and interesting. Being the sports editor I have to be in the office so many hours a week, and I enjoy working in a newsroom. The staff is great, and there is never a dull moment in that office. Everyone is going a thousand miles an hour trying to set up interviews, and trying to assign stories to writers, it's really great. I also enjoy that I'm always busy. I'm busy with school, and there's always a sporting event going on that I have to cover, so I never find myself being bored. I also enjoy that I get to be the sports editor when NDSU teams are playing at a high level, and it's fun to write about the success Bison athletics is having.


What are some of the highlights you have had working at the Spectrum? -- I've had the opportunity to cover multiple big events. Last year I was the color analyst (student radio) for the FCS Championship game in Frisco, Texas. I also wrote an article about the tailgating scene down in Frisco. I've covered the Men's and Women's Summit League Tournament (basketball) in Sioux Falls, S.D., and that was so fun. Sitting on press row at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, sitting in on the post-game interviews and just being around the big leagues in the sports writing community all weekend long was so awesome. And watching the Bison win a fourth straight national championship was unreal. And to cover those type of events is just fantastic. This is the first year I've been the sports editor so last years NCAA Tournament I was unable to go because the sports editor at the time went. But covering the FCS Championship game and all the Summit League games was a wonderful experience and it’s hard to put into words. Hopefully I'll be able to do it again this year.


What are your future plans? -- I'm nervous for sure about my future. I'm not 100 percent positive what I want to do. I've thought about traveling for a year after college but before I make that decision I'll look at sports reporting/sports editor jobs around the country. I'm also interested in being a sports information director. I'll probably need my masters for that job, but I'm looking to do something along those lines.


How did your years at SPHS help you as a college student? -- Honestly, I remember this one time I believe it was my senior year in Mrs. Dimock's English class, and I was writing a paper on Dubai I believe and I just found another writing gear. Her class really challenged me, and I really enjoyed that. I think that's really when I started to take writing seriously, but her class really opened my eyes to the writing world. I remember in high school I always thought that I couldn't wait to get out of high school and get into college, but I loved high school and sometimes I think I took it for granted. Being in sports at SPHS helped me build relationships, and I think that's really helped me in my life now. Having those building relationship skills is so key in not only journalism but in everyday life. SPHS is where it all started for me, and I have to thank them for that.