Sophie Gelinek arrived in Madison on Monday, August 19th at 4:45 pm. Sophie is our Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Hayingen, Germany. Hayingen is a town in the district of Reutlingen, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated 32 km southeast of Reutlingen.
 
Sophie is 16 years old and she will be attending Middleton High School as a Senior. Her first host family is Michael and Kristin Jenkins who live in Verona.
 
In Germany, she lives in an old farmhouse in the mountains of the Black Forest region and is the 4th of 5 children. Sophie enjoys reading, skiing, and the outdoors. Her school is 25 km (15 miles) away and one of her favorite subjects is English! She is very excited about her Exchange in the US.