High School Students to Japan: Student application

Aysiah Pierce  (Girl)

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Contact information
Family information:

Parent / guardian: Erika Judith Pierce
Parent / guardian: Autumn Michelle Pierce

Street Address:

Denver, CO

Personal information

High school: East high school
Graduates in: 2018
Birthday (yyyy/mm/dd): 2000/1/1



Japanese teacher: Asako Tsutsui
  email: asako_tsutsui@dpsk12.org
  phone: 720-423-8348

First reference: Carly Lacy
  email: Carly_lacy@dpsk12.org
  phone: 720-423-8532

Second reference: Laura Klein
  email: Laura_Klein@dpsk12.org
  phone: 1-815-762-9202


Allergies or medical concerns:


Hobbies and special interests:

My favorite sport is softball. I have been playing this sport since I was ten. The positions I play are short stop, third base, pitcher, and center field. When I was a freshmen I received the most valued player for defense in softball. If I'm not playing softball I'm watching one of my favorite animes called "Inuyasha". I like this anime because it is a suspenseful, action packed, adventure, with a little romance.

School and community activities:

I was a part of the preparations for Halloween trick or treat street at east high school. I was passing out candy to children of all ages.

Special achievements:

I had all A's last year for Japanese and continue to this year. I have maintained a 3.5 GPA while playing varsity softball full time. While juggling school, softball and teenage life I was awarded the Most Valued Player award for defense in softball. This was a great and difficult reward to get because I did extra training and dedicated extra hours to enhance my skills.

Trip-related background
  • Japanese language ability:
    • Conversation: Intermediate
    • Reading: Intermediate
    • Writing: Intermediate



  • Previous travel experience:
    • I went to Washington, D.C. with a group of classmates when I was thirteen. We went there to sightsee and learn about our government's democracy. A couple of teachers accompanied us since we were without parent supervision. We stayed there for a week. It was the first time I traveled without my parent. I've also traveled to California and Kentucky to visit family. Even so it is my dream to travel overseas.



What I like about Japan / Japanese culture:

I like Japan's traditional clothing, I think it's beautiful how the women dress up in bright colored kimonos and the men dress up in darker colored kimonos for festivals. Another thing I like is anime and manga. I like how they cosplay their favorite characters for anime events. Their architecture is very unique how the shape of the roofing is. I would love to be able to see this for my own eyes and not just from books and images on the Internet.

What I hope to get from this adventure:

I hope to gain real experience by traveling to Japan and getting a chance to see their culture first hand. I would love to be immersed in the language so that I would get the opportunity to have a fluent conversation with a Japanese person. I feel that going outside my comfort zone will push me into using the skills I already have and applying it to my trip there.