A delegation of students from Newport Beach was set to leave Tuesday for a visit to the sister city of Okazaki, Japan.
"We have an outstanding delegation going to Okazaki representing the Newport Balboa Rotary Club, the Newport Beach Sister City Assn., our schools and our community," said Connie Skibba of the Newport Beach Sister City Assn.
The group consists of Lauren Nakamura, Courtney O'Connor, Matthew Daruty, Natalie Wilde, Montana Mattox, Kelly Mulcaire and chaperones Julie Oblouk and Nicole Fusaro, who teach at Corona del Mar High School.
The delegation will stay with host families and attend school in Okazaki, about 200 miles southwest of Tokyo. Before returning home July 15, they will also visit Kyoto.
In October, the local students will host students from Okazaki in their homes and share their high school campus experience. The exchange was started by the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa some 20-plus years ago, according to Robert Merring, a Rotarian and Sister City Assn. board member.