Youth Ambassadors Exchange – After a month-long visit in Germany, Millstadt Youth Ambassadors, Sophia Biehl and Devin Tucker, hosted their German exchange partners in Millstadt:
Sophia Biehl / Robert & Jill Biehl family – Luca Amann
Devin Tucker / Ryan and Sarah Tucker family – Charlotte Breid
Accompanied by their host families, Luca and Charlotte were greeted at Community Center on July 17 by Mayor Mike Todd, Sister Cities President Richard Wegner and Millstadt Sister Cities members. 2018 German exchange students, Noah Attardo (visiting Reily Wills) and Anne Hartwein (visiting Alyssa Riley), were also in attendance.
Breadeaux Pizza generously contributed pizza for the welcome reception. The students received gifts including swimming pool passes contributed by the Village of Millstadt and gift certificates donated by Happy Days Ice Cream Shop, Bel-Air Bowl, Dave & Buster’s, Gateway Grizzlies Baseball, Lincoln Theatre, McDonald’s/Burris Management, Skyview Drive-In, Wacky Warriors Paintball, and Walton’s Ice Cream & More. Harrisonville Telephone Company supported the Exchange with a financial contribution.
In addition to visiting local tourist attractions, the German students attended school with their respective exchange partners and experienced life and culture as typical teenagers in each other’s country.
Millstadt Sister Cities Organization treated the German and Millstadt youth to a trip to Chicago where they visited the Museum of Science and Industry, Lake Michigan, Millennium Park to see “the Bean” and enjoyed Giordano’s Chicago-style pizza. They also toured Shedd’s Aquarium, Field Museum, Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier, the Skydeck on the 103 floor of Willis Tower, Chicago Cultural Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
On August 14 Millstadt Sister Cities’ members hosted a BBQ honoring the German youth, and they shared comments about their experiences during the exchange.
Applications for the 2020 Youth Ambassadors Exchange are currently being accepted. For information, visit the Millstadt Sister Cities’ website: https://www.millstadtsistercities.org or call Becky Watson at 618-604-5830.