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Shawn and Stacy Gaston decided to share their home and culture with German foreign exchange student Paul Rothe, 16. Rothe, who is enrolled at Alcovy High School in Newton County, has experienced a few “firsts” while living with the Gastons — including high school football and an American Thanksgiving. (Special Photo: Marissa Taylor)

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Newton couple shares culture, home life with German exchange student

Shawn Gaston and his wife Stacy may not be a typical host family for a foreign exchange student, but the Newton County couple knew they would enjoy the experience of learning about another culture and helping a student do the same.

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