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Local students visit ancient oriental town
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Ten Warren County students recently took the trip of a lifetime to McMinnville’s sister city of Mikawa, Japan.The trip was in conjunction with the Sister Cities student exchange program, which has allowed McMinnville’s and Mikawa’s youth to explore Japanese and American cultures since 1993, except for 2011, when the program was suspended following an earthquake and tsunami which happened in Japan. The cities alternate as hosts.Students making the trip were junior Bella Smith, sophomores Ryan Nokes and Mitchell Woodlee, and freshmen Trey Crothers, Lauren Hennessee, Abigail McKinley, C.J. Rogers, Chelsea Stewart, Nicholas Williamson and Hannah Wright.The students were joined by chaperones Melany Crothers and Jennifer Wright. Crothers is a Sister Cities board member and both women are teachers at Centertown Elementary.The group traveled 14 hours to be with their host families.“The hardest thing about the trip was the 14-hour plane ride.