Sister City Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland names students for Danville trip

Published 5:15 pm Friday, March 18, 2022

Danville’s sister city Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland named seven students who will participate in the first high school exchange trip.

They are pictured in front of the 12th century Carrickfergus Castle. From left to right, they are Ellie Kwok, Robbie McMinn, Ciara Campbell, Carter Magowan, Kiera Aiken, and Christian Perry. The only Irish student not in the photo is Rose Keatley.

At the Danville City Commission meeting on Monday, Mayor Mike Perros read a proclamation for St. Patrick’s Day celebrating the first high school exchange trip with Carrickfergus. Saint Patrick was buried near Carrickfergus in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.

The Danville students going on the trip are Chloe Strysick, Londyn Jackson, Lilli Hall, Kira Pusasteri, Max Germann, Ellie McMann, and Tristan Harris. Sister Cities Commissioners Jane Dewey and Milton Reigelman are also going on the trip.

Perros handed the city’s proclamation to wife of former mayor John Bowling, Mary Jo Bowling, who had proposed the sister cities idea 25 years ago. Mary convinced her husband to have committees on the matter, and Carrickfergus became Danville’s sister city in 2008.

Danville students will leave July 21. They will spend eight days with the Irish students’ families, then the Irish students will come to Danville. They will be welcomed by a “Great American Dessert Party” in August, which anyone who supports Sister Cities can attend.

Those going to Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland this summer posed by flags of Ireland and The United Kingdom, since Northern Ireland is part of the UK. Pictured are students Chloe Strysick, Londyn Jackson, Lilli Hall, Kira Pusasteri, and SC Commissioners Jane Dewey and Milton Reigelman.

Danville students going to Carrickfergus pose after receiving the city’s St. Patrick’s Day proclamation. Left to right: Londyn Jackson, Jane Dewey, Tristan Harris, Max Germann, Ellie McMann, and Lilli Hall.