February 17, 2017
From left to right: Mrs. Romanowich (EAI), Jessica Stevens, Cullen Carroll, Christina Nuncio and Dr. Makiko Fukuda (MLL)
UTSA students excelled at the Japanese Speech Contest held February 11 and 28 in San Antonio at San Antonio College. Three students currently enrolled in UTSA Japanese classes with Dr. Makiko Fukuda, participated in the contest under Division IV: Free speech for College and University level. In this division, students had to write, memorize, and perform a two to three minute speech in front of judges and other contestants. Competing alongside seven other contestants, UTSA students Cullen Carroll, Christina Nuncio, and Jessica Stevens won first, second, and third prizes respectively. Carroll focused on how Japanese language and weightlifting are similar in terms of his personal enrichment such as gaining patience, self-control, and determination.
“Only practice and dedication will lead to perfection,” mentioned Carroll.
Nuncio’s speech was titled, “I am pancake” which explained the Russian translation of strength of mind and described the process of overcoming her anxiety in learning Japanese. Finally, Stevens presented a speech that elaborated on 17 years of Japanese learning experience by describing the path that she has taken to reach this point and how she plans to incorporate Japanese into her future career. The first and second winner (Carroll and Nuncio) will compete at the state speech contest held at Rice University on March 4, 2017.