The Yomiuri ShimbunMarino Uezu, junior at Ochanomizu University, won the first prize at the 51st JNSA (Japan National Student Association) Trophy Intercollegiate English Oratorical Contest, with a speech titled “Be the First Penguin” on July 7. She won the contest two years in a row.
Uezu was awarded first place out of 54 participants in the contest, held at The Yomiuri Shimbun’s head office in Otemachi, Tokyo.
The contest was supported by The Yomiuri Shimbun and The Japan News.
After giving the trophy to Uezu, Princess Takamado, Honorary Patron of the JNSA Fund, congratulated contestants who gave speeches on various themes. She said that the topics were very interesting and she wanted to ask more questions to some of the contestants.
The runners-up, in descending order, were: Yuka Goto of Tsuda University; Ryui Yamada of Aoyama Gakuin University; Mika Shibuya of Sophia University; Saki Mizuno of University of the Sacred Heart; Hiroshi Uchida of International Christian University and Karin Melina Nobata of Chuo University.Speech