Japanese language students take top honors in Oregon speech contest

Rebecca Coffelt ’12 walked away with the Grand Prize in the Toyama Cup Speech Contest, and she and Michael Colby ’11 won first and second place in the advanced division.

This marks Linfield’s second consecutive year to win the top two places in the advanced division and for a Linfield student to win the contest’s grand prize.”

Steven Crowder ’14 won an Encouragement Award in the category for students who have studied for less than two years.

The annual contest is open to all students studying Japanese at colleges and universities in Oregon. Held annually since 1996, it is co-sponsored by the Toyama Prefectural Government of Japan and the Japan-America Society of Oregon. This year’s competition was held at Portland’s World Trade Center.

Coffelt will receive a round trip ticket to Japan to serve as a cultural ambassador.

The award-winning students were mentored by Professors Christopher Keaveney and Masayuki Itomitsu.


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