Seven wins for Waterloo students in Japanese Speech Contest

Friday, April 1, 2011

Photo of Japanese Contest ParticipantsWATERLOO, Ontario (April 1, 2011) – A University of Waterloo student of Japanese at Renison University College, Min Hwan Suh placed 1st in the Advanced category at the National Japanese Speech Competition in Calgary on March 26. This triumph comes just two weeks after he won 1st Place at the Ontario Japanese Speech Competition in Toronto.

Fellow students, Kelvin Luk, Jihoon Lim, Xiaochen Zhang, Neil Trehin, and Asim Hussain joined Suh to collect an additional five awards at the provincial competition. “Among the 36 competitors, Waterloo students delivered their messages in a smooth yet expressive manner without any error,” says Coordinator of Japanese Language courses Fumie Shimoda, with pride.

The Japanese Speech Contest, sponsored by the Japanese Foundation, offers learners of Japanese the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and performance of the language.

Renison University College’s Principal Glenn F. Cartwright says, “We are especially grateful for the commitment of our instructors and volunteer tutors who regularly inspire our students to perform with excellence.”

National Japanese Competition:

Advanced 1st place:  Min Hwan Suh
 

Ontario Japanese Competition

Advanced 1st place:  Min Hwan Suh
Beginner's 2nd place:  Kelvin Luk
Intermediate 2nd place:  Jihoon Lim
Beginner's 3rd place:  Xiaochen Zhang
Beginner's special prize:  Neil Trehin
Intermediate special prize:  Asim Hussain

Pictured in photograph:

Top Row: Fumie Shimoda (Coordinator of Japanese Language courses), Neil Trehin; Second Row: Eri Burns (tutor), Asim Hussain, Kelvin Luk; Third Row: Shiyun Zhang, Jihoon Lim, Judi Jewinski (Administrative Dean); Front Row: Min Hwan Suh, Xiahochen Zhang, Akiko Maruoka (Adjunct Assistant Professor), Kumiko Kunizane (Lecturer)

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