Two students from Yamaguchi, Japan, visited Newtown from March 17 until April 4 through the Japan Society’s Junior Fellows program. During their stay, both students studied aspects of Newtown High School that they will use to create research projects.
Seventeen-year-old Moe Fujikawa stayed with NHS junior Emily Berube’s family, and 16-year-old Ayumi Miyamoto stayed with NHS junior Lee Cummings. The visit was arranged through the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE).
In a coincidence, Lee will also be visiting Japan in July through the Junior Fellows program and is hoping to visit her new friends during her summer trip.
Moe said she wanted to apply for the chance to visit America “to communicate with a lot of foreign people.” Ayumi said a visit she completed to Australia made her want to visit other countries also. Both Ayumi and Moe came prepared with digital translators to help them during their visit to NHS.
For her Junior Fellows project Moe will create a project comparing Japan high schools to American high schools, and Ayumi studied the Best Buddies program at NHS. Both girls will present their projects to the Japan Society.
Before returning to Japan, Moe and Ayumi also spent two days visiting New York City.
NHS social studies teacher Jason Edwards said Newtown was honored by the Japan Society by being chosen to host two Junior Fellows students, and that honor was based on the NICE program’s success.