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24th Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest

Students Obtain Seven Prizes in this year's Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest

By Anna Tran and Zoe Ascoli
Sat, 03/21/2015

The 24th annual Provincial Japanese Speech Contest was held on March 15th, 2015 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Of the 35 contestants, 14 represented the University of Calgary’s Japanese program (Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures), alongside their instructors X.Jie Yang, Akiko Sharp, Yoko Kodama and Hinako Ishikawa. The other four participating universities included the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, the University of Regina, and the University of Saskatchewan.

Every contestant spoke eloquently, and we are proud to announce that seven of our students from JPNS 207, 303 and 333 placed within the top three of their respective categories. In the beginner category, Asia Vibert took home the first place with her speech “Would you like to write a story?” with Jiafan Rao following in second place with her speech “Letter to Myself in 10 Years.”

In the intermediate category, we were lucky enough to win all three spots.

With her speech “The One Who Decides”, Anna Tran took first place. Hazel Ocenar came in second with her speech “Lost Adult”, and Asyraaf Muhamad won third place with his speech “Mother and Dream.”

Hyechan Lee placed third in the advanced category with his speech “Name Change.”

In the open category, Zoe Ascoli and her speech “The Japan of My Memories”, will also be advancing into the National Japanese Speech Contest, alongside the other first place winners.

We would once again like to congratulate all the participants for their outstanding efforts and thank the four instructors for their invaluable coaching and input. We wish the winners luck in the National Competition, which will be held on March 28, 2015  in the Gallery Hall (TFDL) of the University of Calgary.

For more information on the Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest, please see the University of Alberta Website: http://www.ptjc.ualberta.ca/en/Students/SpeechContests/ADJSC.aspx

The 24th Alberta District Japanese Speech Contest
第二十四回アルバータ地区日本語弁論大会

Prize Winners List

Click on speech titles to access video of the speech.

 
Beginner's Category, First Prize
Asia Vibert (UofC)
ものがたりをかきませんか
Would you like to write a story?

 
Beginner's Category, Second Prize
Jiafan Rao (UofC)
10年後の自分へのてがみ
Letter to Myself in 10 Years

 
Beginner's Category, Third Prize
Annie Chen
家族の重要性
The Importance of Family

 
Intermediate Category, First Prize
Anna Tran (UofC)
だれがきめる
The One Who Decides

 
Intermediate Category, Second Prize
Hazel Ocenar (UofC)
迷子の大人
Lost Adult

 
Intermediate Category, Third Prize
Asyraaf Muhamad (UofC)
母と夢
Mother and Dream

 
Advanced Category, First Prize
Jeffrey Shalagan
英語を学ぶ鍵
The Key to Learning English

 
Advanced Category, Second Prize
Christian Laubman
冬来たりなば春遠からじ
If Winter Comes, Spring cannot be Far Behind

 
Advanced Category, Third Prize
Hyechan Lee (UofC)
名前変更
Name Change

 
Open Category, First Prize
Zoe Ascoli (UofC)
記憶の中の日本
The Japan of My Memories