May 16, 2014
The following news release is shared on behalf of Dimond High School. Congratulations to the three students in the competition.
Victoria Gellert, DHS Japanese Immersion teacher
(907) 742-7041 or Gellert_victoria@asdk12.org
Three Dimond Sophomores Head to National Japanese Speech Contest
Congratulations to Dimond High School Japanese Immersion students Alyssa Hampton, Lucas Katz, and Roslyn White who qualified for the Aurora Foundation's 11th annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest.
After placing in the top three at the Alaska statewide Japanese speech contest, the Alaska Nihongo Contest this past March, the three sophomores became eligible to apply for participation in the national contest. In May, the Aurora Foundation announced that Alyssa, Lucas, and Roslyn all were accepted to participate in the All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest.
This is the first year to have three representatives from Alaska at the contest. The contest is limited to only 15 contestants and will be held in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, May 24th. The LA contest is unique because after each speech presentation, the judges are free to interview each student in Japanese. The grand prize winner of the All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to the overseas students' Japanese Speech Award (JSA) contest, to be held in Tokyo, Japan in the summer of 2014.
Lucas Katz, Alyssa, Hampton, and Roslyn White were chosen as three of 15 contestants nationwide to compete in the May 24th All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest held in Los Angeles, California. Ganbare! (Do well!)