BLUFFTON — Local students, Mackenzie Newberry of Defiance and Benjamin Black of Deshler, participated in cross-cultural experiences during the month of May.
There experiences will fulfill Bluffton's undergraduate cross-cultural requirement that must be completed before graduation.
A 2016 graduate of Defiance High School, Newberry participated with other Bluffton students to experience Appalachian culture and engage in work projects with the Mennonite Central Committee's Sharing With Appalachia Program.
Newberry is the daughter of Kristi Mansfield and Douglas Nash and is majoring in music education.
A 2015 graduate of Patrick Henry High School, Black participated in the cross-cultural experience in Bolivia. The students worked with locals in ministries supported by the Mennonite Central Committee. Students traveled to the Andes Mountains, Bolivia's capital of La Paz and Lake Titicaca. They learned about everyday Bolivian life and culture through a homestay with a Bolivian family.
Black is the son of Timothy and Tracy Black and is a senior majoring in chemistry, physics, mathematics and pre-engineering.