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Lewis & Clark takes top honors in Toyama Cup Speech Contest

April 28, 2014

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    Lewis & Clark Winners: Lauren McDonald, Amanda Cosby, Marina Smith
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    4 of the top winners in each division
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    Marina Smith, Prof. Kurogi, Amanda Cosby, Lauren McDonald

Lewis & Clark students took top honors at the 18th annual Toyama Cup Japanese Speech Contest 2014.  This event, which brings together university students from all over Oregon, southwest Washington and Idaho, is extremely competitive, particularly this year, with organizers noting that this year’s participants  were the largest, strongest group in recent memory.  Students from University of Oregon, Pacific University, Linfield College, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Willamette University …. you name the school, they were there.


Be that as it may, Lewis & Clark students took home all the top prizes!


In Level One (less than 2 years of formal study), we had the top two winners.

Amanda Cosby (freshman) took first place and Marina Smith (freshman) took second in  level one (lower level: less than two years of formal study).  Both are students in Dr. Atsuko Kurogi’s second year Japanese class.

Lauren McDonald, a third-year law student, took first place in level two (upper level:  more than two years of formal study).  Lauren also took home the overall grand prize, an all-expense paid trip to Japan.  This is a wonderful honor for Lauren and is a testament to her hard work and dedication.

Special thanks must go to Dr. Atsuko Kurogi and our Japanese Language Assistant, Tae Fujioka, who worked tirelessly with these students the past few weeks, refining and practicing their speeches.  These awards are a product of countless hours of effort, and attest to the great work our students are doing in and out of the classroom.


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