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Ketchikan-Kanayama exchange students in Japan


June 11, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - After six months of attending Japanese school to learn culture and language, working on welcome and farewell speeches, performances, fundraising and donations from the community, 16 students and 5 chaperones departed Ketchikan on Thursday June 1, 2006 for Kanayama Japan as part of the 2006 Ketchikan-Kanayama Exchange.

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Ketchikan at Sugata Elementary in Kanayama Japan Wednesday June 7th 2006-
Photo by Hiro Sugiyama and Tony Hatano-Worrell

The group arrived in Kanayama Japan on Sunday June 4, 2006 greeted with a Welcome Party from their host families, each student and chaperone had the opportunity to tell their new families something about themselves in the form of a welcome speech which they spoke in Japanese followed by a group performance.

They will spend 14 days in Kanayama and Gero visting schools where they will do group performances, attend classes and sightseeing. They will depart Kanayama on Saturday June 17, 2006 and spend another 6 days traveling to Hiroshima and Kyoto Japan before arriving in Ketchikan on Friday June 23, 2006.

The 2006 Ketchikan-Kanayama exchange students are: John Sullivan, Glenn Clay, Tyler Varner, Tess Jagusch, Justin Hoyt, David Bergeron, Brianna L.L. Hendren, Laura Brandt-Erickson, Ian Fultz, Rebekah Bowers, Tina Woolley, Sammy Sullivan, Hayley Morin, Sheylane Greaves, Courtney Enright, and Heather Flom. Chaperones are: Ole Sullivan, Bonnie Sullivan, Chris Hoyt, Angela Morin, and Ashly Calvo


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