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Hoppner's American stay ends with a bang in state tennis tourney
RUBEN HOPPNER DISPLAYS his All-State and Region 3-AA player of the year certificates while joined by his American family of, from left, Clara Grace, Abigail and Kim DuRant, who hosted the German foreign exchange student during his stay in this country.
Each day, millions of Americans pull up to a fast food restaurant intercom, place their order and moments later, their food and drinks are handed to them and they are off and back on the road again.It is a scene which is repeated, ad nauseam, throughout the country.For Ruben Hoppner, however, such occurrences were all new to him as he tried to get acclimated to his temporary home in the United States.Hoppner, a German foreign exchange student has lived with the family of Mike and Kim DuRant, the vice-chairman of the Kershaw County School Board Trustees, and their two daughters in the Boonetown area of Kershaw County for the past school year. He will return to Germany on June 22.In between, the rising junior has had a full academic year which included his being named as the Region 3-AA tennis player of the year after having led North Central to the conference championship. He followed that by finishing with a 2-2 record in the South Carolina High School League AA-A state individual tennis championships, losing in the quarterfinals of the event while earning All-State honors in the process.For all his experiences during his stay, the one which puzzled and, possibly, surprised Hoppner the most was American’s love of fast food and getting in and out of a restaurant parking lot as soon as possible.“You are definitely used to the fast food a lot more than we are,” Hoppner said with a smile after a ceremony honoring North Central’s trio of Region 3-AA players of the year.