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.

This year we will be holding a contest for middle school students for the first time. The Middle School Japan in Art Contest theme will be “Sports in Japan.” Students may create an original piece about sports that originated in Japan or sports that originated in another country but are now played in Japan. Students may also design a piece that is inspired by the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics/Paralympics. Prizes will be awarded based on the number of votes received by participants and attendees.

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 2020 contest will be held on March 6.

2020 Themes
Poster Session: Sports in Japan
Beginner Level: Self-Introduction
Intermediate: Sports in General
Advanced: Sports in Japan
Advanced Plus: Sports in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics

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)