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Release: March 12, 2003

Cedar Rapids Students Win Prizes In UI Japanese Speech Contest

Two students from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids won prizes at the 7th annual University of Iowa Japanese Speech Contest Saturday, March 8. Matt McConnell won second place and Bryan Frost won third place, both in Level I High School. McConnell and Frost were the only students from outside the Des Moines area participating in the high school competition.

The students were judged on content, grammar, pronunciation and delivery of a 3-7 minute speech about a topic of their choice. High school students competed at two levels and college students competed at four levels, depending on how long they have been studying Japanese.

McConnell's speech was "My spare time," and Frost's was "My summer vacation." McConnell won $150, "Japan: The Profiles of the Nation," and "The Elephant Vanishes"; Frost won $100 and "Japan: The Profiles of the Nation." Their teacher is Miho Furuno.

The contest is sponsored by the department of Asian languages and literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with support from the Japan Foundation, Japan Forum, Consulate General of Japan, UI International Programs, UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ALC Publishing, and Aoeshe Japanese Restaurant.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: Yukiko Abe Hatasa, UI associate professor and coordinator of the Japanese Program,