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Release: April 1, 2002

Local students win Japanese speech contest at UI

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 9. 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 Ankeny, Des Moines, Urbandale, and West Des Moines. College students came from Iowa City, Manhattan, Kan., St. Paul, Minn., and Omaha, Neb.

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

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

Roosevelt High School, Des Moines

Maya Katzir, First Place High School Level I; speech title, "My Life;" Japanese teacher, Sachiko Murphey; prize, $200, Three Hint Game, "Japan: Profile of a Nation," and a one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

Ankeny High School

Neline Scow, Second Place High School Level I; speech title, "My School and Family;" Japanese teacher, Sachiko Murphey; prize, $150, a set of six kanji books and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Valley High School, West Des Moines

Nick Kawahara, Third Place High School Level I; speech title, "Kensuke and Me;" Japanese teacher, Yurika Kanai-Molly; prize, $100, a set of six kanji books, and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Rachel Lenz, First Place High School Level II; speech title, "My Horses;' Japanese teacher, Yurika Kanai-Molly; prize, $200, Three Hint Game, "Japan: Profile of a Nation" and a one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

East High School, Des Moines

Darin Williams, Second Place High School Level II; speech title, "Me, My Family, and Things I Like;" Japanese teacher, Sachiko Murphey; prize $150, set of six kanji books, and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Urbandale High School

Shayna Holmes, Third Place High School Level II; speech title, "When I Went to Florida;" Japanese teacher, Boris Bachman; prize, $100, set of six kanji books and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

University of Iowa

Yukyung Lee, First Place College Level I; speech title, "Studying Japanese Language;" Japanese teacher, Yasumi Kuriya; prize, $200, "Japan: Profile of a Nation" and a one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

Dan Waterbury, Third Place College Level I; speech title, "My Pet Snake;" Japanese teacher, Yasumi Kuriya; prize, $100 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Yiou-Chiau Fu, First Place College Level II; speech title, "The Person I Want to Marry Most in the World;" Japanese teacher, Ayako Yamagata; prize, $200, "Japan: Profile of a Nation" and a one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

J. Ashley Calkins, Second Place College Level III; speech title, "Homeless People;" Japanese teacher, Yasumi Kuriya; prize, $150 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

Kansas State University

Tiffany Leidich, Second Place College Level I; speech title, "I Can't Understand a Word, But I Love It!;" Japanese teacher, Kyoko Mizuno; prize, $150 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

John Harder, Third Place College Level II; speech title, "From Swords to Guns;" Japanese teacher, Kyoko Mizuno; prize, $100 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"

University of Nebraska-Omaha

Tyrome Williams, First Place College Level II; speech title, "Film Stunts;" Japanese teacher, Reiko Take-Loukota; prize, $200, "Japan: Profile of a Nation" and a one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

Macalester College

Kate Cohen, First Place College Level III; speech title, "What is Human?:" Japanese teacher, Yasumi Kuriya; prize, $200, "Japan: Profile of a Nation" and a one-year subscription to The Nihongo Journal

Joan Marie Bennett, Third Place College Level III; speech title, "Car Cultures;" Japanese teacher, Yasumi Kuriya; prize, $100 and "Japan: Profile of a Nation"