Speech Contest

History of the Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest

The Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest evolved from the Southern Arizona Japanese Speech Contest, organized in Tucson by Ms. Kumiko Roy, an adjunct faculty of Pima Community College, East Campus in 1990. In 1994, Ms. Yumiko Guajardo of Pima Community College, East Campus and Miko Foard of Arizona State University made this Southern Arizona Japanese Speech Contest into a state-wide event by co-chairing the contest that was held at Arizona State University. The title of the speech contest was changed to “Arizona Japanese Speech Contest” and that contest became the Fifth Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest, counting the previous four Southern Arizona Japanese Speech Contests. The Sixth Speech Contest, held at the University of Arizona, was the first time that high school students were included as contestants. That year and the following year, there was a category exclusively for high school students. However, from the Eighth Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest, held at Mesa Community College, high school students have competed with college students in our regular four categories. Currently, approximately 50 contestants from high schools, community colleges and universities in Arizona compete, and the event is organized by the Arizona Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Up-Coming Speech Contest dates and venues (2017)

The 28th Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest
Application Instructions (2017)
Flyer (2017)

Time & Date:
12:30 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 9, 2017

Place:
Saguaro High School Auditorium
6250 North 82nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

The Twenty-Eighth Annual Arizona Japanese Speech Contest Winners (April, 2017)

 

Grand Prize Jared Nelson, Arizona State University

Category A

First Place Emily Ngu, Gilbert High School

Second Place Ranjani Venkatakrishnan, Arizona State University

Category B

First Place Ruishan Zhang, Arizona State University

Second Place Yijie Du, Arizona State University

Third Place Orion Fisher, Paradise Valley Community College

Third place Hoveeg Boyadjian, Arizona State University

Category C

First Place Jacqueline Marquez, Gilbert High School

Second Place Xiaomeng Zhang, Arizona State University

Third Place Alexandra Mast, University of Arizona

Third Place Katrina Novotny, Glendale Community College

Category D

First Place Jared Nelson, Arizona State University

Second Place Shay Ediss, Arizona State University

Third Place Skyler Morrison, Paradise Honors High School

Best Effort Noemi Gastelum, Northern Arizona University

Most Creative Thomas Henning, Arizona State University

Judges’ Special Alex Peters, Northern Arizona University

Bikkuri Award Robin Klemaszewski, Coronado High School

Penmanship Award Ruishan ZhangArizona State University

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