At the end of the 2011-2012 School Year, 11th grader Jana Martinez-Robert returned to Spain after a full year as an exchange student at Bullis. Jana enrolled at Bullis via the ASSIST exchange program, and quickly made a great positive impact on the Bullis community through her infectious smile, athletic accomplishments and enthusiasm.
Jana’s home is in Barcelona, Spain where she had studied English for many years in school before coming to Bullis. At her school there, Jana was one of 3000 students, so she greatly enjoyed the small classes and close community at Bullis. “I also love the school spirit at Bullis,” Jana said. “The spirit really adds to the community feel here. At my school in Spain, we just go to classes and study. Even sports are outside of school. I really like how many different activities there are here, and how kids get very involved in all aspects of school.”
While at Bullis, Jana made many noteworthy contributions to the school. She played basketball, a sport she plays back home in Spain. She also tried soccer for the first time--"and loved it!"--and ran track for Bullis, where she set a new school record for the triple jump. Jana also received the annual Manuel Jose Baca, Jr. Joy of Living Awards for her ever-present positive attitude at the end-of-the-year Upper School awards ceremony.
Jana lived with Bullis host families (thanks to the Theos and the Weinbergers), and made many good friends. "That's why I have mixed feelings about going home," she said. "I've loved it here and will miss so many people."
Jana returns to Spain for her senior year at school, where she will continue her studies to be an architect.
ASSIST provides opportunities for outstanding international scholars to attend and contribute to American independent secondary schools to promote mutual understanding, cultural interchange and a more peaceful world. An ASSIST student from New Zealand will be joining Bullis for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.