The 2019 JASCO Japanese Speech Contest

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Dublin Integrated Education Center
Ohio University Dublin Center
6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016
****Celebrating 20 Years****

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

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

2019 Speech Contest Finalists

Congratulations to the 2019 Japanese Speech Contest Finalists:


Anna Brake, Marysville HS

Katie Burnes, Marysville Early College HS

Aaron Curie, Marysville HS

Samiul Islam, Dublin Coffman HS

Aidan Johantges, Marysville Early College HS

Jaida Rich, Marysville HS

Maya Thompson, Dublin Coffman HS

Jacob Todd, Marysville HS


Gitanjalli Ajay Prasad, Ohio State University

June Chen, Case Western Reserve University

Jie Huang, Ohio State University


Sumrestar Beauchamp, University of Findlay

Deidra Buenger, University of Toledo

Anna Engle, University of Findlay

Elinor Lindeman, Ohio State University

David Moore, University of Cincinnati

Boning Shi, Kenyon College

Xiyue Zhang, Ohio State University

The finals will take place on the 2nd floor of the Ohio University Dublin Integrated Education Center (6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio 43016-1407). For more information, including the day's schedule, visit

Statement of Purpose

Since 1999, JASCO has been hosting the Annual 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 2018 Japanese Speech Contest

2019 VENUE: Dublin Integrated Education Center

6805 Bobcat Way

Dublin, OH 43017-1407


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

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