High School Japanese Speech Contest

Every year at the beginning of March, the High School Japanese Speech Contest takes place at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland Campus. Japanese language learners of all levels compete against other area students in the speech contest, and non-language students can compete in the poster contest. Each year over 100 students participate. There are four speech levels and a poster session. Students are required to write a speech on the chosen topic for the speech contest or make a trifold poster for the poster session.

This year we will be holding a contest for middle school students for the first time. The Middle School Japan in Art Contest theme will be “Sports in Japan.” Students may create an original piece about sports that originated in Japan or sports that originated in another country but are now played in Japan. Students may also design a piece that is inspired by the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics/Paralympics. Prizes will be awarded based on the number of votes received by participants and attendees.

If you are an individual student or a teacher who is interested in participating, please contact the Educational Outreach Coordinator, Katsuko Shellhammer, for more information.

2020 Themes
Poster Session: Sports in Japan
Beginner Level: Self-Introduction
Intermediate: Sports in General
Advanced: Sports in Japan
Advanced Plus: Sports in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics

Sponsorships are available for the 2020 contest! If you would like to sponsor, please contact us!

2019 Sponsors
Elliott Group

Perryman Company
Temple University Japan Campus
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
The Japanese Consulate General of New York
The Japan Foundation of Los Angeles

2019 Winners
Poster Session:
First Place: Michaela Kauffelt (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
First Place: Della Wagner (9th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)
Third Place: Stephanie Lu (10th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)

Beginner Level:
First Place: Caroline Knizner (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Bopa Meng (10th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)
Third Place: Mai Swendsen (9th Grade, Shaler Area High School)

Intermediate Level:
First Place: Marty Bryant (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Kathleen Knizner (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Jenna Facer (10th Grade, Shaler Area High School)

Advanced Level:
First Place: Nathan Hayward (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Third Place: Katherine Blake (11th Grade, Norwin High School)
Third Place: Evan Baldwin (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)

Advanced Plus Level:
Grand Prize Winner: Austin Keller (11th Grade, Norwin High School)
Second Place: Kylie Dougherty (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Third Place: Marcus Katich (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)


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