South Burlington High School students Paige Carruthers, Sydney Ferro, and Jack Zuccareno with their awards from the Vermont Colleges and High School’s Seventh Japanese Speech Contest. 

SBHS Japanese Program Students Excel in Speech Contest

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Thursday May 24, 2018

Several students of Japanese at South Burlington High School (SBHS) won awards this spring in the annual speech contest held by the Association of Japanese Language Teachers of Vermont. The SBHS Japanese program has had students participating in the contest since its inception in 2012. The participants of the contest create original scripts and video clips based on their proficiency levels and contest guidelines.

Paige Carruthers, a senior at SBHS, took first place in the 2018 intermediate level for the high school division. She created a story that interwove the personalities of a cat and “Yokai,” a Japanese goblin. According to Sinyoung Ra Evans, Japanese language teacher at SBHS and Champlain College, Carruthers worked hard creating several versions of the skit script and displayed great fluency in Japanese.

Fellow SBHS senior Sydney Ferro collaborated with junior Jack Zuccareno to create a video for the high school beginners’ level and won first place this year. Together, they went through several versions of their scripts and created a video in Japanese to showcase South Burlington High School programs and classrooms.

“I’m very proud of my students who worked so hard developing their scripts and making their videos,” said Sinyoung Ra Evans, adding, “This activity really motivates the students to use their language knowledge in truly communicative and enjoyable ways.”