High School Students to Japan: Student application

Katelynn Hindman  (Girl)

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Contact information
Family information:

Parent / guardian: Debra Hindman
Parent / guardian: David Hindman

Street Address:


Personal information

High school: Denver Center for International Studies
Graduates in: 2016
Birthday (yyyy/mm/dd): 1998/07/30



Japanese teacher: Hisako Schibli
  email: hisako.schibli@rrcc.edu
  phone: N/A

First reference: Harriet Downer
  email: hsdowner@logicalconnections.org
  phone: 303-601-8591

Second reference: Frank Pomponio
  email: frank_pomponio@dpsk12.org
  phone: 720-319-1289


Allergies or medical concerns:

Asthma and resulting difficulty with cigarette smoke

Hobbies and special interests:

I very much enjoy conversing in and studying different languages, hiking, gardening, reading, writing, painting, and traveling.

School and community activities:

I have been involved with the DCIS Mongolian Club and Ulaanbaatar Sister Cities for the past five years, Trout Unlimited's Trout in the Classroom Program for three years, and have participated in FBLA.

Special achievements:

Two years ago, I was given a full scholarship to go on a two week exchange to Mongolia. I have also worked to expand Trout Unlimited's Trout in the Classroom program and spoke about it at their gala dinner in March. In April,I went to Peru on a service trip and worked with a charity organization called Peruvian hearts. I have also participated in Future Business Leaders of America and placed sixth in the 2014 National FBLA Conference in Healthcare Administration.

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



  • Previous travel experience:
    • I have traveled throughout the U.S. since I was very young, but my first international trip was an exchange to Mongolia with Denver Ulaanbaatar Sister Cities. I stay with a host family in the ger district and visited the countryside as well. My second and most recent international trip was to Peru, where I and a group of ten other students cooperated with Peruvian Hearts to make improvements to the houses of some of the girls in the program. After the service work was complete, we went on to trek the four day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.



What I like about Japan / Japanese culture:

I have studied the Japanese language since I was in the fifth grade, and have been passionate about Japanese since I first began learning it, and through it my eyes have been opened to the beautiful and complex culture from which it originates. Japan is the first county I studied and I fell in love with its culture. It is the origin of my current passion for new cultural experiences. I have enjoyed studying it through the language, anime and pop culture, its history, folktales, and by interacting with those native to it. Japanese culture introduced me to new ways of thinking, interacting, and shaped my understanding of the world.

What I hope to get from this adventure:

I have long anticipated the day when I would finally travel to Japan. I simply want the opportunity to immerse myself in Japanese culture and to return with a deeper understanding and appreciation for it.