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Hartselle student will share tales of life in Japan

By Danielle Komis Palmer
dkomis@decaturdaily.com 340-2447

Seventeen-year-old Hartselle High School student Amanda Elliott can count to 10 in Japanese.

After spending seven weeks in Akita, Japan, this summer on a scholarship, she hopes to be able to speak more of the language than that.

Im very anxious to get over there and see what its like, she said.

After filling out an 18-page application, writing seven essays, and submitting 12 photos, Elliott was awarded the Japan-U.S. Youth Senate Exchange Scholarship from Youth for Understanding, a nonprofit, educational organization.

Elliott will attend school in Japan and live with a host family there. She will arrive in Japan on June 18 and return on August 2.

While in Japan, she will occasionally write columns for The Daily on life in Japan.

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