STEM ECHS student wins scholarship to study in Japan

STEM ECHS student wins scholarship to study in Japan
Posted on 03/23/2018

Alyssa Salazar, a junior at STEM Early College High School, has been named a recipient of the Naoko Mitsui Shirane Foundation Scholarship.

As a winner, Alyssa has earned an all-expense paid summer exchange program to Japan taking place June 11-21. The 11-day educational and cultural tour will acquaint Alyssa with some of Japan’s most iconic cities including Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima.

Alyssa is grateful for the scholarship and is already preparing for the trip.

“When I found out, I couldn’t stop screeching! Sixty-six students applied, and to be one of those people who got the scholarship, makes me feel very happy,” Alyssa said. “I’m so excited, and I’m looking forward to experiencing the culture firsthand.”

She also thanked her engineering teacher, Jude’ Sullivan, for encouraging her to apply. Sullivan believes the trip will give Alyssa the opportunity to put all the professional skills she has been developing to good use outside of the classroom.

“Alyssa has always been a great self-motivator and student, but she also inspires her VEX Robotics Team at STEM ECHS. She also leads by example in the classroom,” Sullivan said. “Leaving your home city can be disorienting for many people, but Alyssa has the flexibility and positive attitude needed to appreciate and enjoy Japanese culture.”

Alyssa, along with seven other students, will have the opportunity to create bonds through homestays, visit various high schools and tour Kumamoto, San Antonio’s sister city since 1987. The trip will culminate in a visit to the Toyota Automobile Museum. The scholarship covers round trip airfare, ground transportation, lodging, food and entrance fees while in Japan.

“I am proud to be her teacher, and I know that she will come back full of stories and experiences that she can use to inspire even more students and teachers in her senior year at STEM ECHS,” Sullivan concluded.

Congratulations, Alyssa! 
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