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Shizuoka Pref. student wins English speech contest

The Yomiuri Shimbun A first-year student from Shizuoka Prefecture has won the 12th All Japan High School English Speech Contest with her speech titled “Accidentally in Love.”

Eighteen students participated on Sunday, having won regional tournaments held in nine blocs nationwide.

The first part of the day’s competition involved nine high school students who have not lived in English-speaking countries for more than a year.

Amina Toyoda of Hamamatsu Konan High School in Shizuoka Prefecture received the highest prize, taking home the education, culture, sports, science and technology minister award. Hinata Sasaki of Tachikawa High School in Tokyo came second to win the Yomiuri Shimbun award, followed by Yui Mikuma of Motomachi High School in Hiroshima in third place.

In the second part of the day’s competition, in which other contestants participated, Aria Kanazawa of Gunma Kokusai Academy in Gunma Prefecture won the top foreign minister prize. Taya Ramchandani of Ashiya International Secondary School in Hyogo Prefecture took home the second-place Yomiuri Shimbun award, followed by Asumi Nakahara of Seishin Girl’s High School in Okayama Prefecture.

Held Sunday at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, the contest was organized by the National Federation of Prefectural English Teachers’ Organizations and supported by The Yomiuri Shimbun and other entities.Speech

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