Tomomi Sawaguchi Souza
Hometown: Pompano Beach, Florida
School: Pompano Beach High School
Sponsor District : District 6990
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Coral Springs - Parkland Club, Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
Bok! Ja sam Tomomi. Hi! I am Tomomi. I am a 15 year old sophmore at Pompano Beach High School. I am half Brazilian and half Japanese. I speak Portuguese and I am currently in Spanish 4. I am quite active in my school. I play cello in my school orchestra, participate in Interact Club, and mentor freshmen. I live with my mom, dad, a dog named Spike, and Valerius the Parakeet!. We recently adopted Spike from the Humane Society of Greater North Miami and we love him so much! I volunteer at the Morikami Museum with my mom; we enjoy experiencing our Japanese culture, especially the bento boxes from the Cornell Cafe. Culture has always been a big part of my life due to my multicultural family and friends. My dad always says that the beauty of America is that you can experience and learn about different cultures and it is true. I have learned about many cultures because of my friends and foods. I am absolutely honored to be given the opportunity to be a Rotary International exchange student and an ambassador for Rotary. I am thrilled to be going to Dubrovnik, Croatia for my junior year (2018-2019). I am still trying to believe that all of this is really happening! Although, I will miss my family, friends, and pets they are all really happy for me. I hope to gain a new perspective on life, experience the Croatian culture, and inspire future exchange students. The “Tomo” part of my name signfies friendship between two nations and “Mi” signifies beauty; I hope that I can make beautiful friendships on this incredible journey! Hvala Rotary! Thank you Rotary!