Japanese Speech Contest

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 Mar. 18, 2005

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
(323) 343-3050 
Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
Cal State L.A. Announces the
Winners of its Annual
Japanese Speech Contest

Los Angeles, CA – The following are winners of the 2005 Japanese Speech Contest at California State University, Los Angeles:

Grand prize winner ($100 Kinokuniya Bookstore gift certificate):
Albert Graves (East Asian Studies, Cal State L.A.; Hollywood resident)

First prize winners ($25 Kinokuniya Bookstore gift certificates):
David Mcneill (Crescenta Valley High School; Glendale resident)
Sam Wu (Japanese, Cal State L.A.; Monterey Park resident)
Jieun Kwon (Japanese, Cal State L.A.; Los Angeles resident)
Lisa Kamei (West High School; Torrance resident)

Honorary prize winners (English-Japanese and Japanese-English dictionary gifts):
Allison Park (California Academy of Math and Science; Torrance resident)
Todd Gessel (Japanese, Cal State L.A.; Venice resident)
Chris Gray (Japanese, CSU Fullerton; Fullerton resident)
Naomi Ikeda (Japanese, Cal State L.A.; Placentia resident)

The contestants are all non-native speakers of Japanese and current students of the Japanese language at high schools, two-year colleges, and universities, who have not lived in Japan for more than two consecutive years after the age of six. (Each contestant spoke on a topic of his or her choice, and the time limit of the speech was seven minutes.) All 21 contestants received $10 Kinokuniya Bookstore gift certificates.

Cal State L.A. hosts this annual Japanese Speech Contest in order to stimulate a wider interest in Japanese studies and to promote academic Japanese learning within the community.

For more information on the contest, call Professor Toshiko Yokota, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Cal State L.A., (323) 343-4230.

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