City Manager

Sister City Relationship - 2013 Student Exchange with Handa, Japan

Three students from two Midland high schools have been selected to travel to Handa for a three-week exchange opportunity in Midland’s sister city of Handa, Japan, from July 21 – August 11, 2013. Cara Mitrano and Scout Parsch of Midland High School, and Nick Smith of H. H. Dow High School, have received free air flights to Japan and are staying with three different Japanese host families each during their visit.

Air travel has been funded through the generous donations of many individuals & organizations in our community, including Chemical Bank, The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation, Ieuter Insurance Group, MidMichigan Health, People to People, Stolz-Smith Financial Consulting-Wells Fargo Advisors, Wolverine Bank, and Kevin and Jennifer Kendrick.

Click here for a July 19 Midland Daily News article about the students' trip: Student Ambassadors Packing for Handa

Enjoying the Trip: See photos of the students as they take part in this wonderful cultural exchange, via the Handa International Association website.

Photos of Students' Trip

Sister City Student Exchange Video: Find out more about the program through the video presentation (see link below).

Photo Story - Sister City Exchange Program.wmv*

*Windows Media Player required to view presentation. Click here to download the software needed to play presentation.