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Benjamin Logan senior places 2nd in Japanese speech contest

Benjamin Logan senior and Japanese National Honor Society Vice President Brent Luttmer recently placed 2nd in the state level Japanese speech contest held by Japan America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO).

JASCO started hosting the Annual Japanese Speech Contests in 1999 to offer an opportunity for Japanese language learners to showcase their achievements. There were four judges at the contest this year: Ms. Yuki Sakai, Deputy Consul-General of Japan in Detroit; Ms. Noriko Mills, Manager of Honda R&D America; Mr. Hiroshi Fukuda, President of Nissin Travel Service and the Executive Vice President of Central Ohio Japanese Association of Commerce (COJAC); and Ms. Allyson Larimer, Simultaneous Japanese-English Interpreter of Echo Japanese Interpreting LLC and Midwest Activities Committee Chair of Japan Association of Translators. Ms Noriko Mills served as the head judge. Each speech needed to be no more than 3 minutes long. After each speech was over there were two judges who asked questions about the speeches. This was a part of the scoring during the contest.

There were 8 finalists for the high school level, and this was the second year in a row that Brent was nominated as a JASCO speech contest finalist. His speech topic was about his experience of working as a robotic team member. The speech was a reflection on his first year as part of his school's robotics club and he talked about the struggles the team faced in his first competition and their achievement in the second.

Many high school students seemed to be nervous in delivering their speeches, but Brent did very well. When the judges went back to the main room for announcing the speech contest winner, Ms. Noriko Mills reflected that this year the students' overall quality of speech was very high. She stated that they had to consider the content of each speech topic more than ever this year. Brent's name was announced for the 2nd place and he received a sliver trophy and $200 gift certificate from Barnes & Noble as the prize.

(Pictured above: Brent delivering his speech.)

(Pictured bottom: Luttmer displaying his award and prize alongside judge Allyson Larimer.)

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