SBHS sophomores Aidan Seipke and Ryan Lee display their award.

Japanese Program Students Win First Place

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Thursday June 02, 2016

Aidan Seipke and Ryan Lee took first prize in the high school division of the Vermont Japanese Skit Contest. Both students have been studying Japanese at SBHS for two years. The contest, held annually by the Association of Japanese Teachers of Vermont as a way to promote Japanese language learning, is open to students in area high school or college Japanese programs. Students create and submit video clips in categories based on their proficiency levels in Japanese.

SBHS Japanese program students have been creating video clips and participating in the contest since its inception in 2012, and have received awards several times.

“I’ve been observing the tremendous effort students put forth to apply their language skills and knowledge in creating their films,” commented Sinyoung Ra Evans, Japanese instructor at SBHS, as well as at Saint Michael’s and Champlain Colleges. “The students are naturally encouraged to improve their language skills. After they complete their products, they look proud and reflect on the experience in order to do better next time.”