Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
School: Ponte Vedra High School
Sponsor District : District 6970
Sponsor Club: St. Augustine Sunrise, Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
Hei! My name is Nicole Packo but I prefer to be called Nikki and I am attending Ponte Vedra High School as a junior. First off I can't tell you how excited and thankful I am to have the opportunity to travel to Finland through the RYE Exchange Program. I was born and raised in Saint Augustine, Florida but I love the cold and travel north quite often. I'm from a big family with 5 older brothers and a whole lot of cousins , aunts , uncles and so on. Growing up several of my brothers traveled to Europe. I got interested in traveling when I saw all their photos/stories. Also my “grandfather” Mr. Hill would tell me all his stories from the military and I look back now and say “he made a mark on this world and I want to do the same” I know he is proud of me doing this. Our town was hit by Hurricane Mathew 2 months ago and we; along with most of our neighbors lost so much. We have been trying to get Mrs. Hill's house livable so she can move back in and then we need to start re-building ours. When your house is flooded and you loose all your clothes and stuff you quickly realize it was just that "stuff" and it helps to keep thing in prospective. I have to say thank you to my family honestly I'm so lucky to have such a close big family who will support my decisions I don't think I would be who I am without my crazy life. I would like to leave you guys off with a quote my mother tells me “I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it”.