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Alaskan Students Meet History Teacher Challenge!

Ujang Purnama

Photo: Ujang Purnama from Indonesia

by Stephanie Wall, PAX
The US History Teacher at East High in Anchorage challenges his students to name the 44 U.S. Presidents in the time it takes for a match to burn. If they complete the list before they drop the match, they get their name added to the “Wall of Fame” in his room. No exchange student had managed this feat…until this year! Ujang Purnama from Indonesia quickly took up the challenge, naming all the U.S. Presidents, and adding the Indonesian presidents as well! Following Ujang’s example, PAX students from Bosnia and Afghanistan and AFS student from Thailand have also added their names to the Wall of Fame, too— or is it The Wall of “Flame”?