June, 2012: Breeze Issue #56

A Free Monthly E-Newsletter for Friends of Japan & Teachers of Japanese

2012 JET Memorial Invitation Program Finalists

Applicants were required to be U.S. Citizens in 11th or 12th grade, who have studied Japanese for at least 2 years with a GPA of at least 3.5 in Japanese and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.  For 2012, candidates were also required to take the National Japanese Exam (NJE) and those who made it to the second round of the selection process had to complete an online interview via Skype. In the end, we were able to select 32 participants from the many who applied from all over the United States, including Guam, Hawaii, and Alaska, and we congratulate them for their hard work and effort.

First Last School State
Andrew Juarez Brackenridge High School TX
Andrew Kim Morton Ranch High School TX
Anna Mai Jesuit High School OR
Anna Lee Pleasant Valley High School CA
Benjamin Johnson Walt Whitman High School MD
Carolyn Jeon Northside College Preparatory High School IL
Connor Veale Winston Churchill High School TX
Corrine Quirk Clarkstown High School South NY
Curtis Fortenberry Monroe Catholic High School AK
Emily Domingue Lake Braddock Secondary School VA
Hilary Nguyen Lockport Township High School IL
Indica Sur The Harker School CA
Jennie Ju North Penn High School PA
Jenny Trieu Richardson High School TX
Jessica Kawana Mililani High School HI
Jessica Lee Garfield High School WA
Kathryn Lasseter Olathe North High School KS
La'Tia Smith Lafayette Jefferson High School IN
Lena Morrow Sheridan Japanese School OR
Maylin Chong Boston Latin Academy MA
Rebecca Lee Lloyd C. Bird High School VA
Ruby Cabuya LaGuardia Arts High School NY
Samantha Schneider Utica Academy for International Studies MI
Samantha Gamble Western High School FL
Samuel Duchovni The Bronx High School of Science NY
Sarah Wade Calloway County High School KY
Sophie Charles Miami Palmetto Senior High School FL
Stephanie Krakow Lincoln High School WI
Susan Zhao Whitney M. Young Magnet High School IL
Suzanne Barrientos South Salem High School OR
Tiana Dunn Dimond High School AK
Yu Ri Kim Ed W. Clark High School NV