A group of South Side High School ambassadors recently traveled to Osaka, Japan to visit with the students and families of Taishi and learn more about the Japanese school system. This global partnership has been sustained for over fifteen years now through our Cultural Exchange Program. Staff chaperones were Jeff Stinson, Sam Adams, Shawn North and Nancy Lucas. Student ambassadors were Alexandra Adams, Landon Allison, Britney Chiccarello, Ashley Chiccarello, Kyle Maxwell, Meara Adams-Moots, and Suzanne Ries. While all the ambassadors stayed with different host families, sometimes as far as 30 minutes apart, the group came together daily to visit local schools as well as cultural and historical landmarks. The students cited their time spent with the host families and at the elementary school, as well as the sightseeing excursions as trip highlights. There were mixed reviews on the food! Overall, everyone had a wonderful time experiencing the Japanese culture and taking part in this wonderful opportunity.
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Congratulations to our Top Ten Graduates! Valedictorian Ashley Knoerdel plans to attend W&J College for Biochemistry; Salutatorian Evan Bilsky will be enlisting in the US Merchant Marine Academy and studying marine engineering & transportation; 3rd Honor Student Melinda Cleary plans to major in education at Slippery Rock; Megan Wilt will attend Ohio University to major in chemistry; Autumn Schultz also will major in chemistry at Duquesne; Katherine Campbell plans to attend W&J to major in biochemistry and English; Amanda Grace will major in molecular biology and Spanish at Pitt; Racheal Trillow plans to attend Case Western Reserve University for mechanical engineering; Stephanie Hilliard will attend Kent State for speech pathology and audiology; and Michelle Klein also will attend W&J for biochemistry.