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.

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, judging was conducted virtually during the week of February 28-March 4. The Awards Ceremony was held on March 11.

2022 Themes
Poster Session: My deepest interest about Japan
Beginner Level: Self-Introduction
Intermediate: My deepest interest about Japan
Advanced: My deepest interest about Japan
Advanced Plus: My deepest interest about Japan

2022 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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