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For immediate release
from the city of St. Petersburg

Contact: Ann Wykell, 727-551-3250
Intergovernmental Services/Cultural Affairs Manager

St. Petersburg, Fla. (January 20, 2006) - The city of St. Petersburg International Relations Committee is again sponsoring a cultural exchange with Takamatsu, Japan, its sister city since 1961. Two high school juniors who are residents of St. Petersburg will be selected to officially represent our city as goodwill ambassadors to Takamatsu this summer.
"In addition to experiencing typical Japanese family life, culture and sights, our student ambassadors will have the opportunity to enlighten young people of Takamatsu about St. Petersburg's people and culture," said Steven Barefield, chair of the city's International Relations Committee.
The high school juniors selected will receive free economy round trip airfare to Takamatsu and a home stay with a Japanese family (or families) for up to three weeks during the summer of 2006. After the exchange trip, each student must be available for interviews to promote the program for the next year. Each student agrees to share his or her experiences with students, civic groups and other interested citizens upon return from the exchange.
The application form is available at local high schools and city facilities including City Hall in the Mall at Tyrone Square, City Hall Action Center, recreation centers and libraries. It is also downloadable as a PDF (Portable Document File) from the city's web site,
Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2006. For more information, contact the city's intergovernmental relations liaison at 727-551-3250 or e-mail

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