Governor Meets with Exchange Program Students from Japan and Greely Middle School

January 11, 2013

For Immediate Release: Friday, Jan. 11
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage met on Thursday, Jan. 10, with nine students from Namioka Junior High School in Japan and their host students from Greely Middle School in Cumberland. The Homestay Exchange program, marking its twentieth year, has a jointly developed creed fostering peace.

Governor LePage answered questions about his role as governor from both the Japanese and Greely students with the assistance of a translator. The students participating in the exchange program are interested in learning about government and democracy.

The Japanese students are Takuro Arima, Ayane Demachi, Hijiri Narita, Asei Ishizawa, Sho Nakahata, Yo Narita, Ayano Odaira, Kanako Suto, and Hazuki Toda, accompanied by Akiko Nagai, trip leader, Naoko Odagawa, English teacher, Mineko Yamada, tour guide, and Hitoshi Yokoyama, vice principal of Namioka Junior High.

The Greely student hosts of the visitors from Japan are eighth graders Daniel Peabbles, Emily Braley, Demetre Fontaine, Sydney Shepard, Molly Weegar, Natalie Fritzson, Hannah Smith-Erb and Troy Higgins, and seventh graders Kyle Livingston, Aidan Mitchell, Nicole Morse, Stephanie Johnson, and Katie Steinberg.

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Governor LePage poses with exchange program stupents from Japan and Greely Middle School.