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Three area high school students to visit St. Pete’s sister city in Japan

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Three St. Petersburg high school juniors will head to Japan this summer as part of cultural exchange program put on by the city of St. Petersburg’s International Relations Committee.

Zachary Blair-Andrews of Lakewood High School, and Chloe Johnson and Deaja Jenae Henry, both attending St. Pete Collegiate High School, were chosen by the committee last week as the 2017 Student Ambassadors.

The three students will head to Takamatsu, Japan, for one week on July 5, and share St. Petersburg experiences with their host families and city officials while learning about Japanese culture.

Later in the month, three students from Takamatsu will come to St. Petersburg to share their culture and learn about St. Petersburg’s during several community programs planned during their stay.

Takamatsu is located on Shikoku island in southern Japan and has a population of about 400,000. The Kagawa Prefecture city has been St. Petersburg’s sister city for more than 50 years.

The St. Petersburg International Relations Committee selects high school juniors to participate in the Student Ambassador Program. Applicants must submit their high school transcripts, two letters of reference and write an essay to be considered for the program.

Upon return, each of the students will be expected to share his or her experiences with students, civic groups, other interested citizens and provide a presentation of their trip to the mayor and city council.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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