The 19th Annual JASCO Japanese Speech Contest

Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Dublin Community Recreation Center
5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017

Japanese Language Learners in Ohio!
It's time to showcase your accomplishments and win a Scholarship!

$400 scholarship
$200 gift certificate
And more!

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Speech Contest!

High School

1st Place - Hyerin Noh (Orange County Japanese School)

2nd Place - Brent Luttmer (Benjamin Logan High School)

Consul General's Award - Zach Shafer (Marysville High School)



1st Place - Yang Han (Case Western Reserve University)

2nd Place - Tianchu Gao (Ohio State University)

Consul General's Award - Rohit Kumar (University of Toledo)



1st Place - Xiyue Zhang (Ohio State University)

2nd Place - Zane Casimir (Ohio State University)

We hope to see you back again next year for the 20th JASCO Japanese Speech Contest!

Look for information about the contest to be posted Fall 2018l. 

2018 JASCO Speech Contest Finalists

Congratulations to this year's finalists:

High School

Eugene Choi (Dublin Scioto HS)

Zack Dumbauld (Marysville HS)

Jordan Ellington (Marysville Early College HS)

Aidan Johantges (Marysville Early College HS)

Hannah Lee (Dublin Coffman HS)

Brent Luttmer (Benjamin Logan HS)

Hyerin Noh(Orange County Japanese School)

Zach Shafer (Marysville HS)



Hussain Aimahmud (U of Toledo)

Rachel Baumler (Case Western Reserve U)

Tianchu Gao (OSU)

Yang Han (Case Western Reserve U)

Christopher Hauer (OSU)

Rohit Kumar (U of Toledo)

Trever Smith (Bowling Green State U)

Van Vandergriff (OSU)



Zane Casimir (OSU)

Anna Engle (U of Findlay)

Tito Leong(Dublin Jerome HS)

Xiyue Zhang (OSU)

Click on the preview image above to download this year's program!

Application Materials

Application Deadline: December 31, 2017

To apply, please submit the following 3 items by email to JASCO at jasco@jas-co.org:

  • A completed Application Form with your signature
  • An original Japanese essay (handwritten or typed)
    • For a handwritten essay, use the designated paper found here.
    • For a typed essay, use the Genko-yoshi (原稿用紙) designated paper found here.
      • Please note that the linked document is set in A4 paper size. When printing, do not change the size to US letter size, as it will shift the format. Please contact JASCO at jasco@jas-co.org if you have any questions.
  • An MP3 file of your speech


  • High School Level
  • College Level
  • Advanced Level

5 Easy Steps to Participate


To determine if you are eligible to  participate in the speech contest, use the following table:

Statement of Purpose

Since 1999, JASCO has been hosting the Annual Japanese Speech Contests, offering an opportunity for Japanese-language learners to showcase their achievements. 

The objective of this event is to foster Japanese language education throughout the state of Ohio by supporting the continued effort of local public schools and colleges to improve the quality of the Japanese-language learning environment. 

The winners of the contest will receive scholarships and various other prizes that will encourage them to continue studying Japanese language. 

This competition not only provides highly motivated students across the state with the chance to improve their Japanese language skills, but also inspires and encourages others to broaden their understanding of Japan, its culture, and the strong ties between Japan and United States. 

Snapshots from past speech contests

In Collaboration With:

The Japanese Student Organization (JSO) at 
The Ohio State University

Students assist JASCO in planning of the speech contest as well as in managing and coordinating the day-of activities. 
They have no direct influence in the screening and judging process. 


Thank you for your support!

VENUE: Dublin Community Recreation Center


For questions, contact Benjamin Pachter (JASCO Executive Director) via email or call the JASCO Office at (614) 300-3054.

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