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 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. 

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

2021 Winners
Poster Session:
First Place: Richard Carlson  (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Ryan Welch (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Grace Labishak (12th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)

Beginner Level:
First Place: Elise Bertolet (11th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)
Second Place: Roehl Benedicto (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Gabrielle Caudill (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)

Intermediate Level:
First Place: Stephanie Lu (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Madeline Nolen (10th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Isabella Drischler (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)

Advanced Level:
Grand Prize Winner: Margaret Rea (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Second Place: Mai Swendson (11th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Third Place: Riley Pegher (11th Grade, Shaler Area High Schoo)

Advanced Plus Level:
First Place Tie: Zoe Babbit (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
First Place Tie: Jaime Eichmiller (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
First Place Tie: Abby Sawa (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)


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