2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Winners

The 2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest was held online on Sunday, April 5 via Zoom. 18 students from 8 Ohio high schools and universities presented their speeches for and engaged in a question-and-answer period with 3 judges. The contest was streamed live to the JASCO YouTube channel


The winners are as follows:


HIGH SCHOOL

First Place – Joshua Gauche (Finneytown Secondary Campus)

Second Place – Aidan Johantges (Marysville Early College High School)

Third Place – Michael Hughes (Marysville Early College High School)

COLLEGE

First Place – Mark Hornyak (Case Western Reserve University)

Second Place – Hannah Lee (The Ohio State University)

Third Place – Alexandre Gunnerson (The Ohio State University)

ADVANCED

First Place – Isaac Bennett (The Ohio State University)

Second Place – Sarah Hipple (University of Findlay)

Third Place – Chuling Peng (The Ohio State University)


Thank you so much to all the participants for their hard work and preparation in advance of this year's speech contest, and their patience and cooperation as transitioned to an online format. We hope that everyone will continue working hard at your Japanese language studies, and that you’ll consider participating in the speech contest again next year! We hope to see everyone in-person for the 2021 contest!


Special thanks to the sponsors of this year's Ohio Japanese Speech Contest:

  • Central Ohio Japanese Association of Commerce
  • Consulate General of Japan in Detroit
  • Dublin Technical Systems
  • Hidaka USA
  • Honda Trading
  • Japan Foundation Los Angeles
  • Japan Marketplace
  • Nissin Travel
  • The Ohio State University Institute for Japanese Studies
  • Ohio University Dublin College of Health Sciences and Professions
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Schneider Downs
  • Shoko Yoshitake
  • THK Manufacturing of America
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP


2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Streaming Online Sunday, April 5

We are happy to announce that we'll be holding an online version of the 2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest on Sunday, April 5, and it will be available for live viewing via our Youtube channel!

The Speech Contest is going to be held via Zoom, and streamed live to our YouTube channel. Due to the Zoom-YouTube streaming settings, we will not be able top announce the streaming URL until the beginning of the competition, but we will update this page when that URL is available (as well as make a post to our Facebook account). 





The day's schedule will be as follows:

10:00-11:30 AM – Advanced category

  • 10:00 – Isaac Bennett (The Ohio State University)
  • 10:15 – Sarah Hipple (University of Findlay)
  • 10:30 – Seth Josolowitz (The Ohio State University)
  • 10:45 – Chuling Peng (The Ohio State University)
  • 11:00 – George Penney (Marysville High School)
  • 11:15 – Yingfeng Xia (Case Western Reserve University)

11:30 AM-12:00 PM – Judges lunch break

12:00-1:15 PM – College category

  • 12:00 – Garrett Brown (University of Findlay)
  • 12:15 – Alexandre Gunnerson (The Ohio State University)
  • 12:30 – Mark Hornyak (Case Western Reserve University)
  • 12:45 – Hannah Lee (The Ohio State University)
  • 1:00 – Yuhan Xia (Case Western Reserve University)

1:15-1:30 PM – Judges break


1:30-2:40 PM – High School Category

  • 1:30 – Katie Burnes (Marysville Early College High School)
  • 1:40 – Adam Dumbauld (Marysville High School)
  • 1:50 – Joshua Gauche (Finneytown Secondary Campus)
  • 2:00 – Michael Hughes (Marysville Early College High School)
  • 2:10 – Aidan Johantges (Marysville Early College High School)
  • 2:20 – Judy Lin (Reynoldsburg High School)
  • 2:30 – Maya Thompson (Dublin Coffman High School)

Winners will be announced via our social media platforms following the speech contest. 



The 2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest

オハイオ州日本語弁論大会
Saturday, March 14, 2020
 
Dublin Integrated Education Center
Ohio University Dublin Center
6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016

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

Awards

$2,000 Prize for 1st Place
$200 Prize for 2nd Place
Consul General's Award trophy for 3rd Place

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Information

DATE & TIME

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

 

(Detailed schedule to be announced in 2020)

LOCATION

Ohio University Dublin Integrated Education Center

6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications and speeches must be received by the JASCO office by Friday, February 7, 2020. 


*Late applications will not be considered.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

Please submit the following 4 items by email to JASCO at jasco@jas-co.org:

  • A completed Application Form with your signature
  • An original Japanese speech (handwritten or typed). Please use the designated paper found below.
  • An English translation of your speech
  • An audio recording of your speech (mp3 format preferred)

SPEECH LENGTH

The speech must be under 3 minutes in length (each speech will be timed, and points will be deducted if it is longer than 3 minutes).

SPEECH TOPIC

Any topic is acceptable. The speech must be your own original work.

PARTICIPATION CATEGORIES

  • High School Level
    • Applicants who are currently studying Japanese in High School.
  • College Level 
    • Applicants who are studying Japanese in 1st – 4th year College level courses.
  • Advanced Level
    • Applicants who are applicable to one of the following:
      • Have stayed in Japan for a TOTAL of 6 months or longer (including multiple shorter stays e.g., 2-month stay for 3 times)
      • Have taken the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N2 or N1 and passed.
      • Are beyond college level (beyond 1st – 4th year levels).


Use the below flow chart to determine your participation level.

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Speech-Writing Materials

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Eligibility Information




If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact jasco@jas-co.org.

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest Sponsors

The 2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest is made possible through the support of the following organizations and individuals:

 
  
  
 

  
  
  
  
  
 Shoko Yoshitake   


Statement of Purpose

Since 1999, JASCO has been hosting the Ohio Japanese Speech Contest, 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 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.

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. 


Snapshots from the 2019 Japanese Speech Contest

2020 VENUE: Dublin Integrated Education Center


Dublin Integrated Education Center

Ohio University Dublin Center
6805 Bobcat Way

Dublin, OH 43016

Contact

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

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