The 35th Annual Japanese Speech Contest Held

2024/4/15
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 The 35th Annual Japanese Speech Contest organized by the Consular Office of Japan was held on Sunday, April 14th at the Wells Fargo Center Building in Portland.  The contest was a great success, with the participation of 19 students from 10 schools.  Contestants gave excellent presentations in front of an audience of about 60 people, including Japanese language teachers, family members, and friends.
 
 This year there were three divisions. Division I is the reading aloud division and is for middle and high school students. Division II is the speech division for middle and high school students, and Division III is the speech division for students in middle and high school immersion programs or who are from homes where Japanese is spoken.  
 
 The contest was supported by the Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon and Shokookai of Portland.
 
 
A list of the winner’s names and schools follows: 
 
Division I
1st Place: Estela Diaz, Beaverton High School
2nd Place: Nalaya Thompson, Jefferson High School
 
Division II
1st Place: Zenith Shankar, Beaverton High School
2nd Place: Gloria Zawadi, Roosevelt High School
 
DivisionIII
1st Place: Mika Teo, Mt. Tabor Middle School
2nd Place: Lulu Palma, Mt. Tabor Middle School