Taegon is a PSE student from South Korea who is attending school in Battle Ground, WA. This past fall at a homecoming dinner he was presented with a unique award from his classmates.
This came as a complete surprise to him. “I was confused to see that the students at the school voted for me! Maybe it was because I have a big body and I look like a bear,” Taegon says jokingly.
In actuality, the award was presented to him because he is known for being very friendly and polite.
“I just try to be nice to others and I appreciate that the other students appreciate that!” exclaims Taegon. He feels that everyone has been very nice to him, especially his host family. “I feel at home with my host family,” he adds.
Taegon’s Local Coordinator, Jillian, was not surprised that he received the Care Bear award. She describes him as being easy-going, humble, kind and friendly. “I believe that this award represented that his classmates noticed his generosity in helping others and his overall kindness,” she states.
For those unfamiliar with the Care Bears, they are a collection of characters from the 80’s. Each bear has an insignia on its belly representing its personality and duty. The ten original characters included Bedtime Bear, Cheer Bear, Birthday Bear, Funshine Bear, Grumpy Bear, Good Luck Bear, Love-a-lot Bear, Tenderheart Bear and Wish Bear.
“It has been such a wonderful experience to host Taegon. He is such a kind and wonderful kid! We love him!” says Taegon’s host mother.
Taegon is thankful to PSE and states, “I feel PSE is a very good organization and is always there to help and protect me.” He adds that he loves America and is having a positive experience on the program.
Taegon is a senior this year and plans to attend college in Washington State.