The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania


High School Japanese Speech Contest

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 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, and you live within easy commuting distance of Pittsburgh, please contact the Educational Outreach Coordinator, Katsuko Shellhammer for more information.

2023 Themes

Poster Session: "Meibutsu" Specialty Foods
Beginner Level: Self-Introduction
Intermediate: "Meibutsu" Specialty Foods
Advanced: "Meibutsu" Specialty Foods
Advanced Plus: "Meibutsu" Specialty Foods

Heritage: "Meibutsu" Specialty Foods

 2023 Sponsors

Elliott Group
Temple University Japan Campus
Consulate General of 
Japan in New York

The Japan Foundation of Los Angeles

2022 Winners
Poster Session:
First Place: Aarav Patil (10th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Aadi Markose (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Connor Hyatt (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)

Beginner Level:
First Place: Oliver Hsu (10th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)
Second Place: Cinthya Garcia (10th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)
Third Place: Evelyn Gonzalez (10th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)

Intermediate Level:
First Place: Eleanor Alford (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Gabriel Tran (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Roehl Benedicto (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)

Advanced Level:
First Place: Isabella Drischler (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Second Place Tie: Talia Montgomery (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Second Place Tie: Taylor Rawls (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)

Advanced Plus Level:
First Place & 
Grand Prize Winner: Jehnna Szelc (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)

Second Place: Mai Swendson (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Third Place: Margaret Rea (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)

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