Graduates 2016-2017 News News: Japanese Studies

Japan Section Year-End Prizes

The Japanese Section awarded several prizes to mark the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

First, we are proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Kinyo Awards for Excellence in Japanese language study.  The prize recognizes the hard work and achievement of the top student at each level of William and Mary’s Japanese language program. The awards are made possible through the generous support of Mr. Kazuo Nakamura of Kinyo Virginia, Inc., who established the awards in 2007 and has maintained them since then.  This year’s recipients are:

  • Hayley Snowden (100 level)
  • Michael Park (200 level)
  • Veronica Deighan (300 level)
  • Mackenzie Neal (400 level)

Second, we inducted several graduating seniors into the Japanese National Honor Society.  Inductees must meet several criteria, including: completion of five semesters of Japanese language study (or their equivalent), all taken for a grade (rather than audited or pass-fail); a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in Japanese language courses; and an overall GPA of at least 3.0. This year’s inductees are:

  • Wei Chang
  • Gyeong Young Cho
  • TianChu Gao
  • Kexin Ma
  • Anastasia Rivera
  • Jiacheng Xi

Finally, the award for Outstanding Achievement by a graduating senior in Japanese goes to Anastasia Rivera.  A double major in Philosophy and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (and a past winner of the Kinyo Prize), Anastasia was an active resident of Japan House, served as a TA for the Japanese language program, and spent a summer in Japan conducting research on a contemporary genre of fiction, the “keitai shousetsu,” or “cell-phone novel.” Anastasia will be putting her studies and experiences to excellent use next year, as she returns to Japan on the Jet (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program.

Congratulations to all our awardees! おめでとうございます!

Outstanding Achievement winner Rivera
Outstanding Achievement winner Rivera
Kinyo Award recipients Snowden, Park, Deighan, and Neal
Kinyo Award recipients Snowden, Park, Deighan, and Neal
Honor Society inductees Xi, Chang (front row), Ma, Gao, and Cho (back row)
Honor Society inductees Xi, Chang (front row), Ma, Gao, and Cho (back row)