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Five Auburn University graduates were selected through a competitive process for the Japan Exchange and Teaching, or JET, program. JET is a Japanese-government sponsored initiative "to promote internationalization at the grassroots level by bringing young, college-educated individuals to work in communities throughout Japan.” According to the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, Auburn graduates constituted the largest group of JET participants selected from a single school in American Southeast. Two of the JET participants have completed an Asian studies minor with Japanese concentration and one other has studied elementary Japanese, both in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. During the one-year contract on the JET Program, these graduates will assist English teachers at Japanese schools, gain valuable work experience and explore the country’s rich and historical culture. The participants selected are Amanda Denney, Jacqueline Pedroso, Cody Marschalk, Joseph Sharp and Lucas Brooks.