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. 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.

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.

2017 Themes
Poster Session: The Most Fascinating Japanese Technologies
Beginner Level: Self-Introduction
Intermediate - Advanced Plus: Imagine How Japanese Society will Change in the Next Ten Years

Sponsorships are available for the 2017 contest! If you would like to sponsor us, please contact us!

2017 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

2017 Winners
Poster Session:
First Place: Maggie Bryant (10th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Second Place: Edward Celesti (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Christina Clark (12th Grade, Greensburg Salem High School)

Beginner Level:
First Place: Austin Kellar (10th Grade, Norwin High School)
Second Place: Anna Culhane (11th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)
Third Place: Grace Eden (12th Grade, Upper St. Clair High School)

Intermediate Level:
First Place: Kylie Dougherty (10th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Second Place: Alexis Finney (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)
Third Place: Jacob Herrup (11th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)

Advanced Level:
First Place (Grand Prize Winner): Rachel Bartuska (11th Grade, Norwin High School)
Second Place: Michelle Yang (12th Grade, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School)
Third Place: Rachael Lorince (12th Grade, Norwin High School)
Third Place: Sebastian Pratt (11th Grade, Norwin High School)

Advanced Plus Level:
First Place: Evan Lysko (12th Grade, Shaler Area High School)


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