The Madras group's Sister City trip includes visits to Tomi City and Tokyo, Japan.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The students selected for the Sister City trip are, from left to right, Wynona Tewee, Tyreyk Ramsey, Jessica Gienger and Osmar Rodriguez Piza, pictured with trip chaperone Jamie Hurd.
Madras Sister City Inc. has selected four students from Madras High School to travel to Madras' sister city, Tomi City, Japan, in June.

The students are Wynona Tewee, Tyreyk Ramsey, Jessica Gienger and Osmar Rodriguez Piza.

"The students had to complete an application and write an essay. The finalists were interviewed and then were selected to go to Japan," said Jamie Hurd, who will be the adult chaperone for the trip.

Jessica was intrigued to apply after visiting her aunt and uncle in Michigan last summer. "I found out they were missionaries in Japan," she said. "I'd like to experience a whole different culture and am looking forward to the trip."

Osmar noted, "I came from a Latino background and culture, that came to America. Now, I want to go to Japan and see the culture there and maybe bring some of it back to America."

The students will spend five days in Tomi City, and three days in Tokyo. In Tomi City, they will stay with a host family, attend school, visit Tomi City Council and participate in many cultural activities.

Next, they will travel to Tokyo, where they will visit many famous sites and museums.

The students are required to raise $2,500 each for the trip, and the city of Madras has generously donated $500 to each student to help with expenses.

To raise money, the students are participating in many fundraisers. They have done a letter campaign, can drive, and are now doing a prize raffle.

Raffle tickets are $5 each, or $20 for five tickets. The raffle items have been donated by the community and have a value of more than $1,000 for all the prizes.

Some of the items include a two-night stay at Kah-Nee-Ta, gift certificates to the High Desert Museum and Museum at Warm Springs, a beaded bag from the 1970s, $50 Wal-Mart gift certificates, a tire alignment, and various gift baskets. Raffle tickets can be purchased from the students or at the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of commerce office.

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