A delegation of 13 students from Sasayama, Walla Walla's sister city in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, arrived here for a home stay on Wednesday. The students attend Homei and Sangyo High schools, said Robert Keatts, chairman of the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee. Chaperones include Noriyuki Ashida, an English second language teacher from Homei High School and Shigeru Ogata, a Sasayama city official who helps coordinate sister city activities in Sasayama.
The visitors are staying with host families in Walla Walla, College Place and Waitsburg. Each day the group is visiting area schools, museums, historical sites and shopping. They are here to learn about the diversity of American culture, experience life with a American family and learn about various aspects of education, history and social issues, Robert said.
They met with Mayor Barbara Clark and other city officials at City Hall on Thursday to receive the City proclamation, which designates the week of March 28-April 3 as Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Week.
They then settled in to a time adjustment and rest from the 24-hour journey from Sasayama.
Each day the students are participating in group activities with evenings and weekend free time with their host families.
The Walla Walla and Sasayama Sister Committees have conducted this two-week home-stay program since 1994. Counting students, their families and host families, more than 1,000 people have been involved in Walla Walla and Sasayama contributing to the program's success, Robert said.
The delegation will depart for Sasayama on April 3. After an overnight stay in Seattle, they expect to arrive in Sasayama on April 5.
Weston-McEwen High School's first semester honor roll for the 2009-2010 academic year includes 20 students who earned straight-As.
Seniors: Laina Fairchild, Melissa Frank, Emery Gentry, Jessica Meadows, Jennifer Pace, Presley Pahl and Gina Steeprow.
Juniors: Cole Albee, Renee Baumann, Tiffany Cain, Leanne Harnden, Danielle Hinchliff and Daniel Winn.
Sophomores: Shyanne Albee and Tessa Ortmann.
Freshmen: Joe Baumann, Alex Gilsdorf, Josh Lambert, Angelica Mironov and Wes Surber.
From April 12-16, The Center At The Park will celebrate the renovation of its gift shop.
The shop's grand opening will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. during that time.
There will be refreshments and daily drawings at the Center, 720 Sprague Ave. For more details, call 527-3775.
Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or afternoons at 526-8313.