When John Park and his family first moved to Michigan he didn’t understand the English language. At that time he was an elementary school student who was only familiar with his native South Korean language. At that young age, he didn’t have time to become fluent in English because his family returned to Korea during his middle school years. But that wouldn’t be his last time living in the states because his father began working in Troup County when he started high school. Now, as Valedictorian at Callaway High School, some might say he has mastered English as a second language.
At first, it wasn’t very easy. Throughout high school, John had to load up on classes to graduate. “When I first came back (to the states), I was dropped a grade. I had to take extra classes so I could graduate in time.”