"Every year I received a letter, and every year I asked if I could go and my mom finally said that I could," she said.
A senior at Northview High School, the seventeen year-old will be going to Japan through the People to People Ambassadorial Program.
She is the daughter of Philip and Joan Rissler, Brazil, and has two older siblings. Morgan, 21, attends Indiana State University and Eric, 23 works in Greencastle.
Misty was nominated for the trip her freshman year, but because of her age her mom didn't want her going.
"I know that at that time there would've been teachers and other chaperones going with her but I wasn't ready for her to go then," Joan said. "Now that she is older I am more comfortable with her flying overseas."
Misty is a typical teen that spends time with friends and her family when she isn't working.
"I work … I work a lot," she said with a smile, " I waitress at the Double N Diner and I really like my job. When I'm not at work or school I hang out with my friends and family."
Like many seniors she is looking forward to graduation, and life after high school.
"I am planning to go to school at IVY Tech and study nursing," she said. "I want to work with people and because of the Health Careers class I took with Tami Smith at Northview I know that nursing is the field for me. I would love to work in the Emergency Room."
The experience and knowledge that Misty will learn on her trip will help her better prepare for a global world.
"I am going to talk to a survivor of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki," she said. "I will live with a host family, and participate in a tea ceremony. I will study environmental causes and effects with experts as well as looking at their technology."
Joan added with a smile.
"She will have the chance to see how to blend the traditional Japanese culture with the advancements in technology," she said. "This experience will increase her understanding of the world and give her the opportunity to learn first hand about a different culture."
The money to pay for the trip is what Misty is having problems with.
"The trip is going to cost $6,500," she said. "I'm saving as much money as I can, and we are going to try to have a fundraiser."
"With the troubled economy, we know it will be hard for everyone," Joan added. "But we wanted people to know that this is going on and that it is an amazing experience that needs to be utilized."
There is an account set up at Riddell Bank under the name of Misty Rissler. For more information, call 442-5871.