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Release: March 12, 2003

Local UI Student Wins Japanese Speech Contest

CEDAR RAPIDS
Jason Schadt
of Cedar Rapids, a senior at the University of Iowa, won second place in the 7th annual UI Japanese Speech Contest Saturday, March 8. Nineteen college students from Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota competed in four levels, according to how long they have been studying the language. The students were judged on content, grammar, pronunciation and delivery of a 3-7 minute speech about a topic of their choice. Schadt, a Japanese major who has been studying the language for nine years, competed at Level IV, speaking about "Elementary Japanese." He won $150, "Japan: The Profiles of the Nation," and "The Elephant Vanishes." Schadt is the son of Elizabeth Bunce and Vern Schadt of Cedar Rapids, and a 1998 graduate of Washington High School.

DUBUQUE
Sarah Willis
of Dubuque, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, won first place in the 7th annual UI Japanese Speech Contest Saturday, March 8. Nineteen college students from Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota competed in four levels, according to how long they have been studying the language. The students were judged on content, grammar, pronunciation and delivery of a 3-7 minute speech about a topic of their choice. Willis, a physics and astronomy major who has been studying Japanese for one year, competed at Level I, speaking about "My interesting dream." She won $200, VIEW, "The Elephant Vanishes, " and a one-year subscription to "Nihongo Journal." Willis is the daughter of Daniel Willis and Judy Froemsdorf of Dubuque and a 2002 graduate of Hempstead High School.

IOWA CITY
Yukyung Lee
of Iowa City, a senior at the University of Iowa, won first place in the 7th annual UI Japanese Speech Contest Saturday, March 8. Nineteen college students from Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota competed in four levels, according to how long they have been studying the language. The students were judged on content, grammar, pronunciation and delivery of a 3-7 minute speech about a topic of their choice. Lee, a studio art major who has been studying Japanese for a year and a half, competed at Level II, speaking on "Asians in America." She won $200, VIEW, "The Elephant Vanishes, " and a one-year subscription to "Nihongo Journal." Lee is the daughter of Seung-Chull Lee and Kyung-ock Song of Iowa City and a 2001 graduate of Iowa City West High School.

STORM LAKE
Joshua Weiss
of Storm Lake, a senior at the University of Iowa, won second place in the 7th annual UI Japanese Speech Contest Saturday, March 8. Nineteen college students from Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota competed in four levels, according to how long they have been studying the language. The students were judged on content, grammar, pronunciation and delivery of a 3-7 minute speech about a topic of their choice. Weiss, an English major who has been studying Japanese for six months, competed at Level I, with his speech, "I am now twenty-two years old." He won $150, "Japan: The Profiles of the Nation," and "The Elephant Vanishes." Weiss is the son of Kay Anthony of Providence, R.I., and Joe Weiss of Fort Dodge, and a 1999 graduate of Storm Lake Senior High School.

WEST DES MOINES
Jake Joseph of West Des Moines, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, won second place in the 7th annual UI Japanese Speech Contest Saturday, March 8. Nineteen college students from Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota competed in four levels, according to how long they have been studying the language. The students were judged on content, grammar, pronunciation and delivery of a 3-7 minute speech about a topic of their choice. Joseph, an accounting major who has been studying Japanese for 6 years, competed at Level III speaking about "Rainforest and goldfish." He won $150, "Japan: The Profiles of the Nation," and "The Elephant Vanishes." Joseph is the son of Toby and Becky Joseph of West Des Moines and a 2001 graduate of Valley High School.

The contest is 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, UI International Programs, UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ALC Publishing, and Aoeshe Japanese Restaurant.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program: Yukiko Abe Hatasa, UI associate professor and coordinator of the Japanese Program, yukiko-hatasa@uiowa.edu