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A tradition will be continued as Japanese students wrap up a visit to PVHS this Friday.

The 20 students are from the same town and same school in Japan as last year.

At 1:30 p.m. Friday, the exchange students and panthers plan to have round table discussions inside the library. The exercises will prove that the young people have common ground no matter how far apart their schools are.

“It’s exciting to have the Japanese students here because we don’t get many opportunities to learn about other cultures, and they are learning about ours,’’ said ASB Treasurer Emily Esparza “We need to take advantage of this opportunity to get to know them.’’

The experience began this week when the students arrived and buddied up with the panthers. The pairs attended classes including ESL, hung out at lunch, and made lasting friendships. After school, the exchange students and their teachers spent time with host families and got to know the Santa Maria Valley.

Activity Director Lisa Walters described the experience for all the students as “culturally engaging.”

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