June, 2013: Breeze Issue #68

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2013 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 and have taken the National Japanese Exam (NJE). They had to complete an online interview via Skype to demonstrate their Japanese speaking and comprehension ability in addition to the standardized test. In the end, we selected 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.

Participants will arrive in Los Angeles in early July for a pre-departure orientation and then spend two weeks in Japan visiting the Tohoku region and participating in exchanges in Japanese with elementary through high School students. They will also participate in intensive Japanese language classes at our Kansai Institute as well as cultural activities and homestays. At the end of the program, they will need to make a presentation in Japanese for their host families and guests at the Institute as well one in English during the wrap-up meeting in Los Angeles. We look forward to meeting all 32 participants next month and hope they have an awesome time in Japan!

First Name Last Name School Name State
Ida Caproon Miami Palmetto Senior High FL
Jing-Ting Chen Lake Braddock Secondary School VA
Juliana Choup Long Beach Plytechnic High School CA
Allyza May Concepcion Valley Catholic High School OR
Rebecca Cook Summit High School OR
Lian Eytinge Capital High School WA
Shannon Foremaster Kempsville High School VA
Ariana Foster Landstown High School VA
Emily Grabowski Inglemoor High School WA
Devoni Guise Whitney M. Young Magnet HS IL
Tarik Hayward Mountain View High School OR
Alyssa Hu Charles A. Lindbergh High School WA
Nanette Jackson AJ Dimond High School AK
Kapil Kanhai Townsend Harris High School NY
Sean Kim Brea Olinda High School CA
Kelly Kratz North Penn High School PA
Alex Leal Bishop Blanchet High School WA
Viola Mocz Mililani High School HI
Aaron Ramirez Brackenridge High School TX
Libby Ro St. John's School GU
Andrew Ryfa Highland High School IN
Anna Schneider Juanita High School WA
James Tran Boston Latin Academy MA
Lisa Trieu Richardson High School TX
Sean Truong ED. W Clark High School NV
Alessandra Tuel Dreher High School SC
Jacob Wolter Lincoln High School WI
Sarah Xie Princeton High School NJ
Na Xiong Pleasant Valley High School CA
Jina Yee Westview High School OR
Yunsu Yu Glenbrook South High School IL
Tiffany Yuen Laguardia Arts High School NY