Queen Margaret College students have again placed highly at the Wellington Regional Japanese Speech Competition.
Year 10 students Victoria Ryan and Charlotte Lee, Year 12 student Antonia King and Year 13 student Jiaru Lin took part in the competition at the end of June and received excellent results.
The annual competition had 40 participants from nine schools.
Victoria and Jiaru came third in their respective year groups and Antonia took out her year group with a win for the third consecutive year.
“It was a nice surprise to win in my category again, especially as the quality of the speeches improve every year,” Antonia says.
This year Antonia did her speech on Japanese Robotics.
“I prepared my speech by researching the history of robots in Japan and how they could be used in the future,” Antonia explains.
Victoria says this was the first year she could take part in the competition as she is in Year 10 and she chose to do her speech on her Mexican heritage.
“I decided to do a speech on Mexico and what I did when I went there. I wanted to share my culture and what I like about it with the audience,” Victoria explains.
Victoria says she really enjoyed the competition as she loves learning Japanese.
“I was a bit nervous because it is hard doing a speech in another language in front of people who speak it fluently, but I really enjoyed it,” she says.