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Northwest Japanese Speech Contest: LC Takes Second Place in Level One Competition

April 22, 2013

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On Sunday April 21, sophomore Maria (Belen) Gimenez took second place in the 2013 Toyama Cup Japanese Speech Contest.  Belen, a student in first-year Japanese, beat out students in intermediate Japanese and higher-level classes to take runner-up in the Level One Competition.


Students from around Oregon and southwest Washington are eligible to participate.  Two Lewis & Clark students participated in the 2013 Toyama Cup Speech Contest for University and College Students of Japanese at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland.  The other participant, Maggie Gardner, is also a first-year Japanese student.  Both students are in Satomi Hayashi’s Beginning Japanese class.  Belen’s speech described her growing enthusiasm for the Japanese language and culture, and how it is shaping her plans for the future.  Even with only eight months of Japanese language study, her passion for Japanese deeply impressed the judges

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