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Local Student Hunter Schumaker To Live In Taiwan

By: Michelle Hurni

Local high school student Hunter Schumaker is going to Taiwan for her senior year, courtesy of Sunrise Rotary. She’ll spend the entire 2011/2012 school year on the island, and graduate in Taiwan.

Hunter had her choice of countries through the Youth Rotary Exchange, but she chose Taiwan because, “I definitely knew I wanted to learn a different language, and Taiwan was out of the ordinary of where people go on exchanges. The Taiwanese people are said to be nice and gracious. I was drawn to the hospitable culture.” Estes Park is designated “Cowboy Country” through Rotary, so Hunter will represent the frontier of Estes in her new home.

Hunter has studied Mandarin Chinese and will end up speaking it exclusively in Taiwan, while living with families in Jhunan Township, Miaoli county, Taiwan, a travel and vacation spot on the western side of the island. Similar to Estes Park, Miaoli county attracts 6.5 million local and international tourism visitors a year. The main attraction in Miaoli is Shitoushan, or Lion’s Head Mountain, an old temple, and the tung blossoms.

Hunter has been active with the Estes Park Climbing Team since she was 6, sang and acted in the musicals and plays at Estes Park High School, a member of the Thespian Society, and played soccer and golf for Estes Park High School. Hunter attends Resurrection Fellowship and is an active member of Ignite, the church youth group. She was also a member of Young Life in Estes Park.

Hunter invites the town of Estes, and guests, to an All American Picnic on Sunday, August 6th. The fundraiser will be from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the HydroPlant Picnic Grounds, at the end of Fish Hatchery Road. The picnic includes BBQ pork, s’mores, corn on the cob, baked beans, watermelon, and drinks, including beer and wine. Entertainment includes sand volley ball, horse shoes, and live music by Bob Smallwood and Vandalay Industries. A silent auction will be held at the same time. She needs to raise up to $7,000 for her travel expenses, so any donations are appreciated. Donations are also accepted online at her climbing coach’s website: (through PayPal).

Sponsors of the All American picnic are: Sunrise Rotary, Marmot, La Cave, Estes Park News, the Mountain Shop, Estes Park Brewery, Rocky Mountain Health Club, Big Horn, Napa, Village Goldsmith, Ed’s Discount Liquor, Sweet Basilico, Notchtop, Country Super Market and Kind Coffee.

Please join Hunter on Saturday, August 6 for a picnic, wish her well on her travels, and to say “zai jian” (goodbye).


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