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Douglas teen lives with Samoan family
04-02-2014 -

There might have been more system than culture shock for Minden resident Dominique Groffman, who spent her holidays with a Samoan family as part of a U.S. State Department funded program.

It was below zero when the 16-year-old Douglas High School junior left Carson Valley on Dec. 11 and in the 80s when she arrived in independent Samoa after a long flight, made seemingly longer by crossing the International Dateline and the Equator.

The flight across the Pacific took seven hours until she and her fellow students landed in Fiji, before traveling to Samoa.

The focus of the exchange was on food and nutritional security.

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