It isn't unusual to have an emotional teenager or two in Georgetown High School.
That's about how many tissue-wielding, red-eyed students gathered Monday in the school library.
About 20 Georgetown High students were saying goodbye to their "sister students" from a high school in Denmark.
The students spent 10 days in Georgetown, learning about American culture and teaching the Georgetown students about Danish culture.
"The major difference we talked about is it the laws," said Esther Ellisen, a student at EGA Gymnasium in Aarhus, Denmark. "Students here can drive before they can drink and for us it's the opposite."
Ellisen stayed with Kaity Papadopoulos and her family in Georgetown and said she feels "like they're my family now, which is kind of silly because it's only been two weeks, but it's true."
And Papadopoulos said she feels the same way.
"The most unexpected thing about this was how close we got," she said. "People are crying."
But David Wylie, a science teacher at Georgetown High and the "Sister Schools" coordinator, said this is the beginning of the program, not the end.
"Now we start fundraising to get about 25 of our students and some teachers over to Denmark next year," Wylie said.
Wylie said he hopes the students now have a bit more cultural awareness.
"It's a bit of a reality check," he said. "There's not just Georgetown and their circle on Facebook. There's a whole world out there."
He said the first time bringing students from overseas to "little ol' Georgetown" went well.
"Our expectations were exceeded," he said. "Once the Danes were here, people got really into it. We raised a Danish flag and everything."
Wylie said he hopes that now more schools in the area decide to create a sister school program.
"It's not hard for one teacher to email another teacher and create a partnership," he said.
Dr. Michael Cafaro, principal of Georgetown High, said during a farewell speech to the Danish students that "I want this to be a beginning."
When everyone was meeting for the first time at the airport 10 days ago it "was what you used to call a Kodak moment. Now I don't know," he said, as a student called out "Facebook."
"A Facebook moment, I guess," Wylie said.
He then pulled out a piece of paper and read "Vi elsker dig," as some of the Danish students laughed.
"I know the pronunciation isn't great, but what did I say?" he asked.
"We love you," responded the students, Danish and American.