Students take out top prize in national speech contest
Two University of Western Sydney Japanese language students have excelled at the Japanese Language Speech Contest National Final held at Melbourne University on Saturday 12 October 2013
Alex Hicks, a student of the Advanced Japanese class, won first prize in the Open Division. He talked about the spirit of kendo and his experience of establishing the Kendo Club at UWS. Alex placed first at the New South Wales Japanese Language Speech Contest held in August 2013 and is also one of the winners of the Australia-Japan Society Japanese language prize for this year.
May Zaomoe, a student of the Intermediate Japanese class, won second prize in the Open Beginner Division. This follows her first place in the Open Beginner Division at the New South Wales Japanese Language Speech Contest. May’s speech was about sumo, and her personal experiences as a child and as a student of Japanese. May also studies Chinese at UWS and is the national champion of the 2013 Chinese Speech Contest.
Miso Lee from the Level-2 Japanese class was also a contestant in the Open Division of the New South Wales Japanese Language Speech Contest but did not join her peers that the National Final.
The Japanese Language Speech Contest is a major annual event in the Japanese community in which participants must demonstrate excellence in both language and public speaking. With only three students entered, UWS was the smallest tertiary team to enter the NSW division.
15 October 2013