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Issaquah High Students Compete in 35th Annual Washington State Japanese Speech and Skit Contest

Issaquah High Students Compete in 35th Annual Washington State Japanese Speech and Skit Contest

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 4 May, 2018

On Friday, April 20, Issaquah High School students competed at the 35th Annual Washington State Japanese Speech and Skit Contest. The competition draws students from all over the state, and is the largest Japanese contest on the West coast. This year, IHS students won numerous awards in both the speech and skit divisions, demonstrating their passion for Japanese language and culture in a collaborative effort.

Skit Division:

  • Beginner - 1st place - Nicole Lee, Raven Bennett, Anya King, Lindsey Cox    
  • Intermediate - 1st place - Kyle Yamada, Xander Yanni, Anthony Luu, Erik Tseng    
  • Advanced - 1st place - Joe Warren, Grayson Modica, Luke Yin, Anthony Loetscher
  • Advanced - 2nd place - Zizhen Song, Jaden Breeland, Akim Milanov, Emily Ko  

Speech Division:

  • Level 1 - 3rd place - Adriana Hernandez    
  • Level 2 - 3rd place - Sam Altimore    
  • Level 3 - 1st place - Zoe Collins    
  • Level 4 - 1st place - Henry Dai (He won a trip to Japan)  

After the competition, Zoe Collins and Henry Dai were invited to a reception hosted by the Consulate General of Japan, where they were given the honor to deliver their speech to major city officials. 

Level 4 winner, Henry Dai, is invited by the Mayor of Kobe to visit Japan this summer as a Washington high school representative.