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L.A. Student Wins International Haiku Contest and Trip to Japan on JAL
El Segundo, CA, May 3, 2006: Japan Airlines hosted a ceremony on April 29, 2006, at the Venice Japanese Language School in Los Angeles, CA to congratulate Isabella FitzGerald Harewood, 11, for being the continental U.S. winner of the JAL Foundation's Ninth World Children's Haiku Contest. Miss FitzGerald Harewood, a student at the school, received a trip to Japan including a one-week stay at the World Children's Haiku Camp.

Judges from California State University, Long Beach selected her poem after JAL offices across the U.S. collected 822 entries from local schools. Contestants were asked to write poems with the theme, 'home'. Below is FitzGerald Harewood's winning poem:

Bright light house I see
In the darkness it warms me
And I know I'm home
                     – Isabella FitzGerald Harewood

Worldwide, twenty students are expected to travel to Japan and attend the camp, located in the city of Matsuyama on the island of Shikoku, about 430 miles west of Tokyo. In addition to the camp, cultural activities, sight seeing, shopping, fireworks, island cruising and other activities are planned.

The contest, which began in 1990, is cosponsored by Japan Airlines, and takes place every two years.

The JAL Foundation, a part of the JAL Group, is involved in a number of projects to promote international understanding and cultural exchange with the goal of fostering globally-minded people.

The JAL Group, Asia's largest airline group, operates from ten gateways in the American Region including New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Kona, Vancouver, Mexico City and São Paulo. The airline offers travelers a global network that serves 206 airports in 34 countries and territories.
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