Tuesday, September 25, 2012


The San Mateo Sister City Association is proud to introduce its inaugural Student Ambassadors to Toyonaka, Japan.

Student Ambassadors Sharon Borden and Cameron Hill were selected to travel to Toyonaka, Japan in July 2013 as part of a goodwill exchange tour. Student Ambassador Guy Geva was selected as an alternate, and will serve as a host ambassador for Toyonaka students that will visit San Mateo in 2013.

The Student Ambassadors will be honored at an announcement dinner being held on Thursday, September 27 from 6-8 PM at San Mateo City Hall. Individuals interested in attending may contact David Lim at (415) 290-4044 for more information.

Ms. Borden is a senior at Aragon High School, where she is secretary of the student body, serves on the recycling club, and participates in mock trial, Harvard Model Congress, and is on the varsity swim and water polo teams. An avid surfer, Ms. Borden is looking forward “to observing and partaking in Japanese daily life and having the chance to share my knowledge of San Mateo and American culture with the people of Toyonaka.”

Ms. Hill, a lifelong resident of San Mateo, attends Castilleja School in Palo Alto, where she is involved in community service, journalism, and debate team. A sophomore, Ms. Hill plays varsity basketball and softball and has previously travelled on an exchange program to Kenya. Ms. Hill is excited to connect with her ancestry and share her pride in the city of San Mateo.”

Mr. Geva is a sophomore at Aragon High School. A member of the robotics team and chamber orchestra, Mr. Geva is interested in math and computer programming, but also found time to volunteer as a junior lifeguard for the City of San Mateo for two summers. Mr. Geva is excited to serve as a host/alternate ambassador “to see and learn about the relationship between San Mateo and Toyonaka.”

The Student Ambassadors were selected by the San Mateo Sister City Association after a competitive application process open to all San Mateo residents between the ages of 16-20. The two Student Ambassadors will receive an all-expense paid trip to Japan in July 2013, where they will stay with host families in Toyonaka , and represent the City of San Mateo as cultural ambassadors.

“We are thrilled to have three intelligent and outstanding Student Ambassadors representing the City of San Mateo in this inaugural year of our student exchange program,” said Anne Harris, a Board Member of the San Mateo Sister City Association, and member of the selection committee. “We are confident these Student Ambassadors will represent the best of San Mateo, while making memories and friendships to last a lifetime.”

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