On March 2nd, five University of Waterloo students, most of whom have studied Japanese at Renison, participated in the prestigious 37th annual Ontario Japanese Speech Contest in Toronto. Two students received top prizes following their participation: Zimin Cao was awarded 3rd place in the Beginner category, and Caitlin Zhang was awarded the Special Prize in one of four Intermediate Categories.
Zimin Cao, the third place winner, attended the contest for the first time and was the only participant from the group to enroll in the Beginner category. Though initially hesitant to sign up, the fourth-year UWaterloo Computer Science student cited the encouragement of his girlfriend and the support of Renison’s Japanese instructors as his motivation for participating. This experience has increased Zimin’s confidence in the Japanese language, adding that it will “definitely push me further into Japanese learning.”
The Ontario Japanese Speech Contest is an annual event for students who are learning Japanese at institutions in Southwestern Ontario. Students are organized into four categories based on their knowledge of Japanese, and deliver a speech to a panel of judges.
Photo: The five UWaterloo participants in the 37th Annual Japanese Speech contest in Toronto on March 2, 2019. Left to right: Lydia Kim, Caitlin Zhang, Zimin Cao, Mingyi Wang, and Liyuan Chen.