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Japanese Students Win Awards

March 12, 2013

Students in the Japanese program at UTSA have been active and successful during this academic year, winning several awards and honors.

Elizabeth Costales received a very prestigious Critical Language Scholarship" in the Japanese category,  The CL scholarship sponsored by the Department of State is intended to encourage the study of less taught languages. Elizabeth studied at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan for two months in June-July, 2012.  Her award included round-trip airfare, tuition, textbooks, room and board, home stay and cultural field trips."

Keishla McFarlane received a $1,000 scholarship from the Japan America Society of San Antonio in the summer of 2012 and the prestigious Gilmann Scholarship for her study abroad. She has been studying  at the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Nagoya, Japan since September, 2012.


The UTSA Japanese students also participated in several different contests during the year:


New years’ card contest, organized by the Japan-American Society of Dallas/ Fort Worth. Students were invited to create their own Japanese New Year’s card. 

Most Artistic -- 1st Place: Kassandra Sanchez from Elementary I Fall 2012

Most Creative -- 1st Place: Carlos Latapi from Elementary I Fall 2012;  2nd Place: Ivette Oseguea from Elementary I Fall 2012

Most Humorous -- 1st Place: Sandra Tsai from Elementary I Fall 2012; 2nd Place: Jovough Jackson from Elementary I Fall 2012


Speech contest held at SAC:

First Prize: Adrian McIntosh

Second Prize: Eric Trevino from Advanced Japanese II  Spring 2013

Third Prize: Patrick Sanchez from Elementary II Spring  2013


Huston Obento (lunch box) contest:

This contest is organized by Consulate-General of Japan in Houston & The Japan-America Society of Houston. Students are invited to create their own lunch boxes and submitted the photos to them.

Chris Cole from elementary II Spring 2013 won the most humorous award.

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