FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 8, 2001
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TAKE
TOP HONORS IN JAPANESE SPEECH CONTEST
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University students Jennifer Cantwell and Paul Taylor III finished in the top two spots at the recent 2001 Michigan Japanese Speech Contest, at the American Yazaki Learning Center in Canton.
Approximately 50 students from universities across Michigan participated in the contest. Cantwell, a 23-year-old senior from Lowell, won the grand prize and Taylor, a 21 year-old senior from Pontiac, won first runner-up.
Both students delivered speeches they had written and recorded for the contest. They also answered questions from the judges in Japanese.
Cantwell, a major in Japanese language and culture, won round-trip airfare to Tokyo and a one-week stay in Shiga Prefecture, near the center of Japan. She also received a trophy.
Taylor, a major in Japanese and accounting, won an electronic translator and a trophy. Taylor is the first African-American to ever place first runner-up in the contest.
The students' advisers were Professors Motoko Tabuse and Hitomi Okentani of foreign languages and bilingual studies.
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