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Release: April 12, 2001

UI announces winners in Japanese speech contest

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- High school and college students from around the Midwest participated in a Japanese speech contest at the University of Iowa on March 31. Students were judged on the content, grammar, pronunciation, and delivery of a 3-7 minute speech about a topic of their choice. High school students competed in two levels, and college students competed in three levels, depending on how long they had been studying Japanese. The top three speakers in each level won prizes including cash, books, and subscriptions to Japanese publications.

High school students participating in the contest came from Bettendorf, Des Moines, Johnston, and Urbandale. College students came from Iowa City, Lincoln, Neb., Manhattan, Kan., Omaha, Neb., and St. Louis, Mo.

The contest was sponsored by the department of Asian languages and literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts, with support from the Japan Foundation, Japan Forum, Consulate General of Japan, ALC Publishing, UI International Programs, UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, and the UI College of Liberal Arts.

Participants and award winners are listed according to high school or university, with Iowa schools listed first.

Roosevelt High School, Des Moines

Lauren Hill, First Place High School Level I; speech title, "My Life;" Japanese teacher, Sachiko Murphy; prize, $200, "JAPAN: An Illustrated Encyclopedia," and one-year subscription to The Nihonngo Journal

Mike Lingwall, Finalist High School Level II; speech title, "Japan memory;" Japanese teacher, Sachiko Murphy; prize, a set of six kanji books

Hoover High School, Des Moines

Lee Harmon, Second Place High School Level I; speech title, "My Family;" Japanese teacher, Sachiko Murphy; prize, $150 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Central Campus, Des Moines

Sharon Rose Napuunoa, Third Place High School Level I; speech title, "Beautiful Hawaii;" Japanese teacher, Sachiko Murphy; prize, $100 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Lincoln High School, Des Moines

Katelyn Crawford, Finalist High School Level I, "Women in my family;" Japanese teacher, Sachiko Murphy; prize, a set of six kanji books

Johnston High School

Allison Rockwell, Second Place High School Level II; speech title, "My friends;" Japanese teacher, Sachiko Murphy; prize $150 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Urbandale High School

Daniel Munger, Finalist High School Level II; speech title, "My Life in Urbandale;" Japanese teacher, Boris Bachman; prize, a set of six kanji books

Bettendorf High School

Elena Kamenetzky, First Place High School Level II; speech title, "My Journey;" Japanese teacher, Pepper Judd; prize, $200, "JAPAN: An Illustrated Encyclopedia," and one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

Pleasant Valley Community High School, Bettendorf

Stefanie Kruse, Third Place High School Level II; speech title, "My Japanese Trip;" Japanese teacher, Pepper Judd; prize $100 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Andrea Galer, Finalist High School Level I; speech title, "Figure Skating;" Japanese teacher, Pepper Judd; prize, a set of six kanji books

University of Iowa

Jared Hayes, Second Place College Level I; speech title, "My Trip to Japan and Afterthoughts;" Japanese teacher, Yasumi Kuriya; prize, $150 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

J Ashley Calkins, First Place, College Level II; speech title, "A Small Seed;" Japanese teacher, Ayako Yamagata; prize, $200, "Nihongo Daijiten," and one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

Yujin O, Second Place College Level II; speech title, "The Relationship between Japan and Korea;" Japanese teacher, Ayako Yamagata; prize,$150 and "Japan: A Profile of a Nation"

Hsiao-Lan Hu, Second Place, College Level III; speech title "Is the Power of Japan Coming Back?" Japanese teacher, Yasumi Kuriya; prize, $150 and "Japan: A Profile of a Nation"

Shayna Derry, Finalist College Level I; speech title, "My friend;" Japanese teacher, Yasumi Kuriya; prize, a set of six kanji books

Karen Schmitz, Finalist College Level III; speech title, A reason for video gaming;" Japanese teacher, Kumi Sato; prize, a set of six kanji books

Kansas State University

Renita Griffin, First Place College Level I; speech title, "The Three Kings of Jazz" Japanese teacher, Kyoko Mizuno; prize, $200, "The Nippon," and one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

Brad Jackson, Third Place College Level II; speech title, "My Japanese and my friends;" Japanese teacher, Kyoko Mizuno; prize, $100 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Joung-Hyun Moon, First Place, College Level III; speech title, "An Assignment Left on Our Generation;" Japanese teacher, Kyoko Mizuno; prize, $200, "Nihongo Daijiten," and one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

Harry Daniel Kearns, Finalist College Level II; speech title, "Why I want to go to abroad to Japan;" Japanese teacher, Kyoko Mizuno; prize, a set of six kanji books

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Heather Heller, Third Place College Level I; speech title, "Things I like;" Japanese teacher, Chiaki Inutake; prize,$100 and "Japan: A Profile of a Nation"

Christopher M. Bourke, Finalist College Level II; speech title, "The happiest gift I've ever received;" Japanese teacher, Chiaki Inutake; prize, a set of six kanji books

Jeff Runyan, Finalist College Level III; speech title, "Prejudice;" Japanese teacher, Noriko Asato; prize, a set of six kanji books

University of Nebraska-Omaha

Ping Wang, Finalist College Level I; speech title, "My college life;" Japanese teacher, Reiko Take-Loukota; prize, a set of six kanji books

Washington University

Tom Paskowitz, Second Place, College Level III; speech title "Studying Abroad is a Difficult Thing;" Japanese teacher, Emi Fujiwara; prize, $150 and "Japan: A Profile of a Nation"