2021 / Online Event / All-USA high school Japanese speech contest on June 26 at 1:00PM, PDT via Zoom / 9 contestants from 8 states

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haer767tcWs New Link for the speech contest as Saturday, June 26, 1:58PM スピーチコンテストのリンク先かわりました

Live video streaming will be available from the link below.

LOS ANGELES – The Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation aka the Aurora Foundation, in conjunction with the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles and the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, will host its 17th annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest on Saturday, June 26, 2021, via online.

9 contestants from 8 states will participate in the Japanese speech contest.

The speech contest will take place at 1:00 pm, PDT. To observe the speech contest, contact the Aurora Foundation at aurorafoundation@usa.net

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest will be held remotely, online through Zoom, this year. Each participant will be logging in synchronously for this virtual event.

This contest will provide opportunities for high school students studying the Japanese language in the United States (whose native language is not Japanese) to make presentations in Japanese and to inspire others to improve their proficiency in Japanese.

It is also hoped that the contest will encourage students to further their understanding of Japan, its people, and its culture.

In 2021, contestants were selected by the host organization of a regional Japanese language speech contest held in the USA or its territories between April 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Each regional contest sends one person to participate.

The winner of this contest will represent the United States in the “Overseas Students’ Japanese Speech Award (JSA) Contest to be held in Japan.

2021 Contestants
Tianshuo Cui   / ティエンショオ・ツイ
Miami Palmetto Senior High School, Pinecrest, FL
10th Grade
“The World I See From Learning Japanese”

Zev Nathanael Katz   / ゼブ ・ナタナエル・キャッツ
Dimond High School, Anchorage, AK
|10th Glade
「スクリーン タイム」
“Screen Time”

Amy S. Kim / エイミー・キム
Rancho Bernardo High School , San Diego, CA
10th Glade
「誰かのヒーローになる事  」
“Becoming someone’s hero”

Jaylen Sydney Lockhart / ジェイレン・シドニー・ラッカト
Whitney  M. Young Magnet High School, Chicago, IL
12th Glade
“Yes, And?”

Elianna Joy Moore  / エリアナ・ジョイ・モーア
Claudia Taylor Johnson High School , San Antonio, TX
11th Grade
“My Own Path”

Syeira Dorothea Murray / シエラ・ドロテア・マリー
South Mecklenburg High School , Charlotte, NC
10th Glade
“Study Abroad Experience”

Leonardo Rosales  / ロサレス・レオナルド
Ingraham High School , Seattle, WA
11th Grade
「自粛期間に夢中になった作品 『ひぐらしのなく頃に』」
“My Favorite Escape During Quarantine ”Higurashi When They Cry””

Ayman Taleb/ エイメン・ターレブ
Clarkstown High School South , West Nyack, NY
11th Grade
“Cultural Identity”

Mikhail Roshan Tupaz / ミケイル・ロシャン・テュパズ
Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, CA
12th Glade
”Lessons in Embroidery”

Prizes: One winner will receive a $500 scholarship and a trip to the Overseas Students’ Japanese Speech Award (JSA) contest to be held in Japan in the summer of 2021 (if not cancelled).