The 44th Annual Japanese Speech Contest

Past Winners

Division/
Year
Middle/High School Student
(No Japanese Spoken)
Middle/High School Student
(Japanese Spoken)
College Student/Adult
2006
(33rd annual)
Eric Weber
12th Grade, George Washington High School
“Sports Festival”
Natsumi Nishi
10th Grade, San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen
“My Future”
Felicia Lee
Stanford
“Speak up already!”
2007
(34th annual)
Brittany Shropshire
12th Grade, Davis Senior High School
“A Woman's Voice”
Susan Nitta
9th Grade, Henry Gunn High School
“About Bullying”
Lawrence Tran
Stanford
“Waikiki Street Performers”
2008
(35th annual)
Hina Ahmed
11th Grade, Diablo Nihongo Gakuen
“Health of the Body and Soul”
Alisa Kyle
7th Grade, Herbert Hoover Middle School
“If Only it Was a Dream”
Michelle H. Cheng
Mountain View
“Good Morning at 5 in the Afternoon?”
2009
(36th annual)
Morris A. Alper
11th Grade, Henry Gunn High School
“Israel and Japanese Culture”
Leif M. Armitage
9th Grade, San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen
“The Cry of My Heart”
Cybelle M. Smith
Stanford
“There is a Way! Realizing Dreams Starts from the Self”
2010
(37th annual)
Dong Wook Kim
11th Grade, Monta Vista High School
“Japanese Anime Culture”
Grace Y. Kuffner
7th Grade, Sora Japanese School
“My Dream”
Katrina Larsen
Stanford
“Do You Drink Tea?”
2011
(38th annual)
Milo B. Barisof
12th Grade, Santa Cruz City Schools Alternative Family Education
“Japanese and I”
Masakazu Bando
10th Grade, San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen
“Happiness”
Raphael-Joel W. Lim
Stanford
“What I Learned in Japan”
2012
(39th annual)
Nadia Park
Sakura Gakuen
“Encounters & Realizations”
Luca Matsumoto
Wilcox High School
“The Price of Kindness”
Scott Parks
Gold River
“Exploring the Japanese Soul through the Characters 'Kokoro' and 'Mi'”
2013
(40th annual)
Advait Kalakkad
9th Grade, Henry Gunn High School
“My two favorite things”
Yusuke Ishimaru
12th Grade, San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen
“Laughing will Bring Happiness”
Cynthia Tan
San Francisco
“Comparison between Japanese-American Humour”
2014
(41st annual)
Jocelyn Liu
11th Grade, Henry Gunn High School
“Becoming a Bridge for Tomorrow”
Christine Ai Luo
10th Grade, Henry Gunn High School
“Born Between a Japanese Mother and Chinese Father”
Herman Homan Chau
Stanford
“Math and Origami”
2015
(42nd annual)
Anthea Yuk Xiao
11th Grade, Mission San Jose High School
“Memories”
Kana Igarashi Limpanukorn
12th Grade, San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen
“The Power of Speech”
Logan Sawade Spear
Stanford
“A Path to An Open Mind”
2016
(43rd annual)
Ting Ting Huang
12th Grade, Monterey Trail High School
“Bonds”
Owen Kawano Spargo
7th Grade, Sakura Gakuen
“I have a concern”
Sophia Seohyun Jung
Stanford
“Exploring ‘Wa’ and ‘Magokoro’”
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