May 14, 2021
AYP Exchange News
Mid-June Marks End of AYP Exchanges for Two
Seorin Ryu, South Korea native, and her host family in Walnut Creek District the John and Crissy Payne family will end their academic year together June 14. Seorin has attended Western Plains High School in Ransom. Ayane Nagakura of Japan, and her hosts the Matt and Stephanie Magill family in rural Topeka, will end their pandemic-shortened second semester exchange on June 16. Ayane has attended Seaman High School. Thanks to Robyn Deines, Walnut Creek District Youth Development Agent, and Candis Meerpohl, Shawnee County Director, for their support of these exchanges as local coordinators.
Shawnee County 4-H Family Approved for Next Year’s AYP
The Bryan and Melissa Boutz family of Topeka have been approved to host Sayo Matsumoto, Japan, to attend Saman High School for the next academic year. We are happy that the Boutz have made it possible for Sayo to have the exchange program she had planned for the current year until the pandemic postponed her opportunity. She has used the year of delay to enhance her English skills and do other activities to increase communication and leadership skills. We will welcome her to Kansas 4-H before school starts in August.