Jassiem Konrad graduated from Wesley in 2016 with the first Wesley class that began in kindergarten. He also participated in the inaugural Wesley trip to China after he passed the YCT Level IV in 6th grade. His mother, Kamilah, describes the trip as a life-changing experience that helped him grow and create strong bonds with his classmates. “It was his first time ever spending the night away from us,” she says. “He turned 12 in China, and it was a really big deal. But we trusted his Wesley teachers, and we knew he was prepared.”
Now a junior at Woodberry Forest School, a boarding school for boys in Virginia, Jassiem returned to China this past summer at age 16. He has continued to study and excel in Mandarin language as the youngest student in his Honors Level 4 class. “People are always blown away by how well he speaks,” says Kamilah. “He’s worked really hard, and he grew so much at Wesley.”
Over the summer, he stayed with family homestay during his visit. He also explored cultural experiences, such as the Guilin Night Market, Dragon Boat Festival, temples dating from the Tang Dynasty, the Great Wall, and more.
And Jassiem has stayed connected to our Wesley community, even returning during his spring break last year to teach Chinese alongside Mr. Chung. It’s a joy to see our Wesley graduates continue to learn about the world and utilize the language skills they learned at Wesley. We’re excited to see where the world takes Jassiem!
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