High School

Bloomington-Normal To Asahikawa

Asia Quizon-Colquitt Selected as the Sister Cities High School Exchange Student to Asahikawa, Japan for the 2018-2019 School Year

Asia is currently a sophomore and attends Normal Community West High School. She is the daughter of Andre' and Desiree Quizon-Colquitt of Normal, Illinois.

The High School Exchange Program is among the premier programs sponsored by the committee. Since 1968 Bloomington/Normal high school students have studied for about one year in Asahikawa as goodwill ambassadors, living with host families and attending school. This scholarship award includes transportation to and from Japan, living costs, high school tuition and fees, and a monthly stipend.

The selected student typically leaves for Asahikawa in early August and returns to Bloomington/Normal in June the following year. While in Asahikawa, the student will attend high school, live with host families, and attend Asahikawa Sister Cities Committee events. The student will have regular contact with officials in the International Affairs Office at Asahikawa's City Hall and the Sister Cities Committee.

The selected student is required to attend a series of lessons in Japanese language and culture from the time of selection until departure to Japan. The committee will also help the student complete and acquire the needed travel documents.

The student is required to send a report every month back to Bloomington-Normal/Asahikawa Sister Cities Committee. After their return, exchange students are often called upon to accompany the Sister Cities Committee members at speaking engagements in Bloomington-Normal and to serve as "goodwill ambassadors" for the Sister Cities program.

Program Rules

This program has high expectations for the students we send to Asahikawa. These students represent Bloomington/Normal and the United States. Students and parents interested in participating should review the rules from our committee and the Asahikawa Sister Cities Committee.

Bloomington-Normal Committee Rules

Asahikawa Committee Rules

Application Information

The high school application and selection process for the 2019-2020 exchange student scholarship to Japan has begun. The Committee will be hosting a informational meeting for students and their parents on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the Central Illinois Regional Airport Terminal, Conference room #1 (2nd level) from 2-3:30 pm. Please use 2-hour parking at the airport.

To be eligible, students must be entering high school as a sophomore, junior, or senior in August 2019, and must live in Unit 5 or District 87 school district.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Click the following link to download the application & instructions:

High School Exchange Program Application - 2019-2020 School Year

If you have any questions, please contact Noha Shawki at noha.shawki@bnsistercities.org or Darren Sampson at darren.sampson@bnsistercities.org.

Student Reports

Lauren Laine, 2015

Lexie Seward, 2014

Anna Sekiguchi, 2013

Kylie Eagles, 2012

Kae Mason, 2012

Christopher (CJ) Clark, 2010

Alejandro Montesdeoca, 2009

Chris Nobre, 2008

Amanda Poore, 2007

Donnie Chang, 2006

Patrick Carmody, 2004

Danielle Strle, 1998

From Asahikawa to Bloomington-Normal

Each year we host one high school exchange student from August to June. The student will stay with several host families and attend a local high school. The student receives a small monthly stipend from the committee to help offset the cost of minor expenses.

Current Exchange Student

The current exchange student is Minami Hiroaka. She is attending Bloomington High School. We will update our site soon with additional information. Come back to learn more!!!

Student Reports

Tommy (Toshimitsu) Uede, 1968

Kana Oikubo, 2013