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Students chosen for Seattle Sister City Exchange

29 March 2005

Students from four Christchurch secondary schools will travel to Seattle on 20 April on an exchange organised by the Christchurch- Seattle Sister City Committee.
Philippa Scott of Hillmorton High School; Michael Jefferson of Riccarton High School; Charlotte Robertson of Rangi Ruru Girls’ School; and Nga Whatuhuia Arahanga- Doyle of Christchurch Girls’ High School will live with host families and attend University Prep, a Seattle high school, which prepares students for university.  They will return home on 8 May. 

The successful students were chosen after a selection process, which included each of them being interviewed.  About one third of their costs will be funded by the sister city committee, with the balance being raised by the students.

“In Seattle, they will take part in a variety of school and social activities with the school and their home host families,”  Dave Adamson, a Christchurch City Council International Relations co-ordinator said. “This annual exchange is a fantastic opportunity to experience what life is like for teenagers of the same age in our American sister city.”

“Four students will come to Christchurch from Seattle in July as part of this very successful annual reciprocal programme,” he said.

This is the sixth year the Christchurch-Seattle Sister City committee has supported the Seattle Scholar programme.  Applications for the 2005 places were invited from students at all Christchurch high schools. 

To apply for the 2006 Christchurch-Seattle sister city exchange, contact Christchurch City Council International Relations co-ordinator, Dave Adamson on 941 8775.

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