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.

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.

2019 Themes
Poster Session: Food in Japan
Beginner Level: Self-Introduction
Intermediate - Advanced Plus: Food in Japan

Sponsorships are available for the 2019 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

2018 Winners
Poster Session:
First Place: Madelyn Lebedda (9th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Eliane Rectenwald (9th Grade, Oakland Catholic High School)
Third Place: Caroline Knizner (9th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)

Beginner Level:
First Place: Kathleen Knizner (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: James Michael Rankin, III (10th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)
Third Place: Margaret Bryant (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)

Intermediate Level:
First Place: Anna Culhane (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Ethan Quinto (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Ethan Baldwin (10th Grade, Shaler Area High School)

Advanced and Advanced Plus Level:
Grand Prize Winner: Jacob Joseph Herrup (12th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)
First Place: Kira Katich (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
First Place: Kylie Dougherty (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Second Place: Marcus Katich (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Third Place: Austin Kellar (10th Grade, Norwin High School)



Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software