High School Japanese Speech Contest

In 2021, the High School Japanese Speech Contest will take place online. 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 80 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 presentation 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. The 2021 contest will start virtual judging sessions on Monday, March 1 - Friday, March 5 and will finish with a Virtual Award Ceremony on Friday, March 12.

2021 Themes
Poster Session: Where I want to visit most in Japan
Beginner Level: Self-Introduction
Intermediate: Where I want to visit most in Japan
Advanced: Where I want to visit most in Japan
Advanced Plus: Where I want to visit most in Japan

2020 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

2020 Winners
Poster Session:
First Place: Alexis Wright (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Roehl Benedicto (10th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Christian Farmerie (9th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)

Beginner Level:
First Place: Stephanie Lu (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Alex Edkins (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Tyerin Perry (10th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)

Intermediate Level:
First Place: Caroline Knizner (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Mai Swendson (10th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Third Place: Hunter Bench (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)

Advanced Level:
First Place: Zoe Babbit (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Second Place: Roman Kurz (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Second Place: Ian Squire (12th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)

Advanced Plus Level:
First Place: Carley Solely (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Second Place: Nathan Hayward (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Third Place: Evan Baldwin (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)


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