Japanese Language Contest Winners Sweep Advanced Essay Division

(L-R) Ethan Barkalow ’18, Marty Dang ’18, Valeria Magallan ’19, Adriana Nazarko ’21, Photo: Anna Aridome

Bowdoin students continued their winning streak by receiving four top awards at the Eighth Annual Japanese Language Contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. The competition is comprised of a speech contest and an essay contest. The college competition includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced divisions for the essay contest and intermediate and advanced divisions for the speech contest.

This is the second time that Bowdoin has had four students win awards in the essay division and the first time that they swept all of the awards in the advanced division of the essay contest. Also, for the first time, a first-year Bowdoin Japanese language student entered and won first place in the beginner essay division.

The award ceremony was held on April 7, 2018 at the Brookline Public Library, Coolidge Corner Branch and participants came from high schools, colleges, and universities all over New England.

Marty Dang
1st place, tie/advanced division essay
隣りの芝生 (“The Grass is Always Greener”)

Valeria Magallan
1st place, tie/advanced division essay
臼と瓦 (“Mortar and Roof Tile ”)

Ethan Barkalow
3rd place, advanced division essay
地図の向こうに (“Beyond the Map”)

Adriana Nazarko
1st place/beginner division essay
初めまして (“Hajimemashite”)

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