Parent / guardian: Lewis Butler
Parent / guardian: Kris Butler
High school: East High School Denver
Graduates in: 2016
Birthday (yyyy/mm/dd): 1997/10/23
Allergies or medical concerns:
Allergic to cats.
Hobbies and special interests:
Video games, history, listening to music, languages(I'm learning FIVE), reading.
School and community activities:
I was in the theatre club up until this year. I never ended up in any shows, but I
ushered for most of them.
I'm not sure if this falls under this category, but I attended the Summer Enrichment
Program at the UNC campus for five years. It's a summer camp for Gifted and Talented
children. Both of my references are the councilors for my final year there.
I'm part of the International Thespian Society as of sophomore year.
I also got into the Leadership Enrichment Program, which is the upper level of the
camp I mentioned in the last section. Kind of like the mid-point between the campers
and the councilors. They're juniors and seniors with leadership potential, and they
spend the two weeks in a cabin together, with little sleep, trying to make camp a
better experience for the younger campers.
Japanese language ability:
Previous travel experience:
Driven across the country (i.e., to the east coast and back) multiple times, but have only been
outside of the country twice: Once when I was about three to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and
once last year to Vancouver, Canada.
What I like about Japan / Japanese culture:
Japan is similar enough to the west that it's easy to learn about, but different enough that it's
I'm mostly interested in the culture culture, as opposed to pop culture, though, I am interested in
that as well, as you'll see in a minute. I specifically like the religion and the samurai. Not entirely
sure why, I just find them both really interesting.
And, of course, there's the pop culture, which is to say, anime and video games. A good 40-75%
of the games I play were made in Japan, and (almost) every console I've owned was from a
What I hope to get from this adventure:
Japanese proficiency, travel experience, and with any luck a better understanding of
Japanese history than I have right now. I have yet to find anything informative that
won't put me to sleep.