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Finnish exchange student joins cheerleading


Topi Karikorpi

Topi Karikorpi is this year's inbound Rotary Long Term Exchange student and he's been enjoying island life for two months now. He comes from a small village in Finland, and says he likes the size of Petersburg.

"I live in a very little village in Finland," he says. "I live in a forest, literally."

Other exchange students from his country went to Florida and Brazil, but Karikorpi, 18, is glad he was chosen to live in Alaska.

"I want to learn more about the culture of America and meet new people," he says. "And learn the language better."

He enjoyed his trip here and got to stay over in N...

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