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Olin Nafziger
ENGin is dedicated to teaching Ukrainian students English through casual conversation in place of structured classes.

Two juniors have founded a club to connect American and Ukrainian students through conversation.

Karis Lee and Sofia Picciola founded the ENGin club after they both participated in the ENGin program, a nonprofit that partners English speaking students with Ukrainian students for one hour a week of videoconference conversation. 

The club is dedicated to teaching Ukrainian students English through casual conversation in place of structured classes. 

“You’re just talking,” Karis said about her Ukrainian ENGin partner, Dasha. “Through casual conversation, I feel like Dasha’s conversational skills have developed, even though I’m not formally teaching her anything.”

While ENGin may be a platform for Ukrainian students to learn English, it is not as much a tutoring platform as a place for casual conversation and international friendship. 

“I know about the war in Ukraine from a very global, outsider’s perspective, but Dasha provides a more personal one,” Karis said.

ENGin is a place where students can connect to others across the world and gain perspectives they had never considered before, she said. 

“Through the program, I hope other students will gain some of the similar insight that I did,” Karis said. “It’s really cool to get a friend across the world.”

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Sinziana Lazar
Sinziana Lazar, Reporter
Sinziana Lazar is a member of the Class of 2027. She began journalism in 2023 as a ninth grader. She plays violin in CYSO and is a member of the Robotics and Model UN teams.
Olin Nafziger
Olin Nafziger, Photographer
Olin Nafziger is a beginning photojournalist and a member of the Class of 2025. His favorite part of photojournalism is taking pictures of school activities and sports, and his favorite sport to photograph is golf. Outside of class, Olin enjoys biking, watching TV and participating in various school clubs. Awards: 2023 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest, sports reaction, third place 2023 Association of Texas Photography Instructors Fall Contest, still life, honorable mention

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