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Korean Speech Contest at UTSA

April 7, 2015

On April 4, 2015, the East Asia Institute at UTSA hosted San Antonio’s Inaugural Korean Speech Contest. This event was supported by a generous grant from the Korea Foundation and Department of Modern Language and Literature at UTSA as well as Houston Korean Education Center and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Houston. Students from four different local colleges and groups participated at the speech contest. ​

UTSA student Assel Krymkulova won first place in the Intermediate/Advanced division. For the beginning level, three more UTSA Korean language students placed 1st, 2nd, and 5th and they were Serenity Morales, Jennifer Stevens, and Bridget Rios respectively, who are all Dr. Deukhee Gong’s students. Dr. Gong is a lecturer of Korean at UTSA.

The Inaugural Korean Speech contest was a huge success and has encouraged all participants to further advance their Korean language studies. 

Students who were awarded prizes during the competition are:

  • Paulina Martinez - Intermediate 2nd

  • Assel Krymkulova - Intermediate 1st

  • Bridget Rios - Beginner 5th

  • Bella Palacios - Beginner 3rd

  • Serenity Morales - Beginner 1st

  • Jasmine Morales - Beginner 4th

  • Jennifer Stevens - Beginner 2nd




(From left) Bridget Rios (UTSA), Serenity Morales (UTSA), Jennifer Stevens (UTSA), Bella Palacios (UIW), Jasmine Morales (UIW), Assel Krymkulova (UTSA), Paulina Martinez (Dallas)

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