The 30th Annual Japanese Speech Contest Held

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The 30th Annual Japanese Speech Contest organized by the Consular Office of Japan was held on Saturday, April 21st at the KPMG LLP office in Portland. The contest was successfully completed with the participation of 25 students from 12 schools. About 80 people were in the audience, including Japanese language teachers and the contestants’ families.

There were two divisions this year. Division I is for middle & high school students. Division II is for Immersion program students of middle and high school level or who are from homes where Japanese is spoken.

The contest was supported by the Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon, Chef Naoko, City of Sapporo, Delta Air Lines, Japan-America Society of Oregon, Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland, KPMG LLP, Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association, Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation, Shokookai of Portland.

A list of the winner’s names and schools is following

Division I
1st Place Maggie Wang (Lake Oswego High School)
2nd Place Ruofeng Liu (Lake Oswego High School)
3rd Place Abby Murphey (Tigard High School)

Division II
1st Place Nanami Buckendahl (Private Lesson : Local school, Jackson Middle School)
2nd Place Katherine Andrews (Private Lesson : Highland Park Middle School)
3rd Place Ayush Wynkoop (Private Lesson : Valley Catholic Middle School)

Special Award “The Mayor of Sapporo Award”
Division I Maranda Simpson (Beaverton High School)
Division II Soren Hieggelke (Mt. Tabor Middle School)