30th Annual BC Japanese Speech Contest Report

  The 30th Annual B.C. Japanese Speech Contest was held at Simon Fraser University’s Halpern Centre on Saturday, March 3 and was hosted by the B.C. Japanese Speech Contest Organizing Committee in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan in Vancouver.
 
  This year, 27 contestants representing various regions and schools in B.C. competed at the highly competitive contest finals. An audience of about 100, including families, friends, teachers and students came to listen to the speeches and encourage the contestants. As a special feature of this year’s event, participants of the Kakehashi youth exchange project gave presentations on their trip to Japan.
 
  Teachers and judges alike commented on the extraordinary quality and sincerity of the speeches and voiced their admiration for the inspiring achievements of the students. All contestants received participation prizes donated from Japanese sister cities and the winners were awarded special prizes provided by local sponsors and organizers.
 
  The first place winners in the university/public division will go on to compete in the nationals on March 24 which will take place at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Contestants and Consul General Okai pose for a group photo

University & Public Division 1st prize winners

University & Public Division 1st prize winners

University & Public Division 1st prize winners

High School Division 1st prize winners

High School Division 1st prize winners

High School Division 1st prize winners

Consul General Okai shares her remarks

Kakehashi participants present on their trip to Japan