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The Warren County Courthouse stands in the background as students pose in front of the historic downtown fountain when students from Japan made a visit to McMinnville in the summer of 2016. Pictured are, first row from left, Yuto Abe, Jensen Smith, Mizuki Abe, Natsuki Murakami, Sawa Sato, Runa Kato, Yoko Ishida. Back row, Yuto Yamaguchi, Tony Curtis, Chance Hale, Icie-Mae Craven, Seina Homma, Yuzuki Takoi, Mayor Jimmy Haley, Marynia Harris, Brooke Grissom, Deryn Allen, Rachel Bell, Kinsley Lorance and Emily Fults.
If you have a student who would like to visit Japan, now is the time to act.Applications are being distributed at area schools and are now being accepted for the annual Sister Cities exchange program. The program is open to students who are currently in grades 7-9.Students will travel to Mikawa, Japan this summer from July 23 to Aug. 2. Japanese students visited McMinnville in 2016.“This is a culturally enriching, eye-opening experience,” said Sister Cities chair Leigh Ann Stewart.

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