Rosaria Tirone, currently in 4th-year Japanese class, won first prize in the 14th Ohio Japanese Language Speech Contest, held at the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio on March 2nd. Qianqian Zhang (5th-year Japanese) won third prize, and Jennifer Ravi (5th-year Japanese) won the best pronunciation and accent prize. Jianfen Wang (2nd-year Japanese) and Zhini Zeng (4th-year Japanese) were also among the ten finalists selected from colleges and universities across Ohio to present their speeches and field questions from judges. Family, friends, and instructors were in attendance to give their support. In the picture are (from left) Wang-san, Zeng-san, Tironi-san, Ravi-san, and Zhang-san, holding their certificates and prizes. Congratulations!
The titles of their speeches were:
Jennifer Ravi “My Other Mom”
Rosaria Tirone “”The Meaning of ‘Ganbaru’”
Jianfen Wang “What are Dreams?”
Zhini Zeng “A Japanese-Style Cafeteria, Full of Human Touch”
Qianqian Zhan “A Memory That I Will Never Forget”
(report and photo by Kanako Yao)