Italian exchange student at home in Richmond

Relaxing in front of their fireplace shortly before decorating their Christmas tree are Kalynn Persell, Edoardo Brioschi and Justin Persell and their parents, Mike and Andrea Persell. (Photo by Mark Johnson/Richmond News)

By Mark Johnson/Richmond News

This Christmas season, the Persell family of Richmond is celebrating the holidays with a person who they have grown very close to – Edoardo Brioschi – an exchange student from Milan, Italy who is attending Richmond High School as a senior.

“It’s been a pleasure to have him here,” Andrea Persell said. “We’ve enjoyed expanding our family and feel like he’ll be a part of our family as long as he’d like to be.”

As for the rest of the family, Justin Persell, a junior at Richmond High School, has become good friends with Brioschi while Kalynn Persell, an eighth-grader, light-heartedly says she now has two boys in the family to pick on her instead of just one.

Mike Persell also enjoys having the exchange student as part of his family.

“He’s a good kid,” Persell said.

As for his family back in Italy, Brioschi uses Facebook and other means to keep in touch with them on a regular basis.


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