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'Coral reef ambassadors' set to visit US next week

TAIPEI -- Twelve Taiwanese students who have devoted themselves to learning about coral reefs will depart for the United States next week, where they are set to interact with their young counterparts and discuss the science of the underwater colonies.

The “coral reef ambassadors” and their 13 chaperones, all from six junior and senior high schools in Hsinchu in the north and Pingtung in the south, were chosen by the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) to represent Taiwan.

They are set to visit San Diego, California Jan. 17-29, according to the museum.

The students are practicing their English at the museum in Pingtung so that they can better communicate with their American counterparts.

They are also preparing for presentations and talent exhibitions, the NMMBA said.

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