Angela Padgett, a 15-year sophomore attending Astoria High School, is preparing to spend two months in Japan this summer through the 4-H World Citizenship and International Exchange Program.

She has been involved in 4-H for eight years. She has received the 4-H Community Service Award, the 4-H Citizenship and Public Speaking Award and was named the Intermediate Record Book Medalist for 2008.

Padgett has previously been the host sister to two Japanese teenagers, Aoi Inagaki from the Nagoya area and Natsumi Sato from the Tokyo area.

In June, while staying with a host family, she will attend the Nihongo program, held at Tokyo University, before moving on in July to stay with a host family in Nagoya.

Padgett has been fundraising since the first of the year to raise the needed $6,000. She will hold a 50/50 raffle at the Clatsop County 4-H Leaders Association spring bingo fundraiser April 18 at the Olney Grange, and two car washes are planned: at Fast Lube & Oil, 460 W. Marine Drive, on March 15, and at Wilcox and Flegel, 510 Marine Drive, on March 29.

To help Padgett, make a check payable to the Clatsop County 4-H Leadership Association for the benefit of Angela Padgett - International Exchange Trip.

For questions or information about the exchange program, call Sandra Carlson at the Clatsop County 4-H Extension Office at (503) 325-8573 or go to 2001 Marine Drive, Suite 210.

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