Farmington Schools receives Youth for Understanding award

YFU award
The YFU award was presented to Farmington Schools in 2018. (Farmington Public Schools)

Youth For Understanding (YFU) has honored Farmington Public Schools (FPS) with its 2018 Partnership Award, given to an organization that demonstrates a strong commitment to provide young people with global intercultural exchange experiences.

The local partnership began in 1968, when the district invited international exchange students to spend a year at an FPS high school. Now, the program also supports students from Farmington School studying in other countries.

The award was presented at the November 13, 2018 Board of Education meeting by YFU Chief of Staff Bill Malloy, Nominator and Community Engagement Manager Barb Kilkka, and Representative Tressa White.

These are the district’s most recent YFU students:

  • Abigail Collins-Carey – Farmington High School (FHS) senior – Studied in Uruguay during the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Anya Turner – Harrison High School (HHS) senior – Studied in Japan last summer.

FPS is currently educating the following students from their respective countries:

  • Ryohei Suzuki – Japan – Farmington High
  • Rahel Tapken – Germany – Farmington High
  • Leonie Timm – Germany – Farmington High
  • Sina Hinrichs – Germany – Farmington High
  • Jesper Goertz – Germany – Farmington High
  • Chino Miyao – Japan – Harrison
  • Juan Ramirez Tonone – Mexico – Harrison
  • Yuri Hirano – Japan – North Farmington
  • Anh Tran – Vietnam – North Farmington
  • Umut Ergun – Turkey – North Farmington

“Farmington Public Schools has been proud to partner with Youth For Understanding for more than 50 years,” said Superintendent George Heitsch. “This partnership has strengthened our students’ global education both because of the exchange students we receive and also because of the outbound exchange opportunities offered to many Farmington students. We are honored to be recognized for the warm welcome FPS offers the world.”

To learn more about YFU and local opportunities for students and host families, visit, or contact Tressa White 248-573=7520 or

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