4/27/2009 Linfield students win at annual Japanese speech contest
McMINNVILLE – Two Linfield College students were honored at the 13th annual Toyama Cup Japanese Speech Contest held April 19 at the World Trade Center in Portland.
Sophomore Michael Colby of Sandpoint, Idaho, and freshman Leah Sedy of Poulsbo, Wash., participated in the Japanese language contest established to encourage students at the college level to enhance their Japanese speaking skills. It is sponsored by the Toyama Prefectural Government and the Japan-America Society of Oregon and celebrates the sister state affiliation between Oregon and Toyama Prefecture.
Colby placed second and Sedy placed third in division one among other students who have studied the Japanese language for less than two years at the college level and have not lived in Japan for more than three months within the last three years. Both students prepared and practiced their speeches with the help of Christopher Keaveney and Mafumi Omura, Japanese professors at Linfield.
The competition is open to undergraduate students studying Japanese at an Oregon college or university and offers upper and lower division competition. Students were evaluated on their general Japanese language ability, speech content and overall presentation. Seventeen students participated in the two categories.
For more information, contact Keaveney at 503-883-2584.