On April 2, 2016, the 1 st Greensboro Japanese Speech Contest (GJSC) was held in the FergusonAuditorium on the UNCG campus. This was the first Japanese speech contest held inGreensboro and the first in the state to be open to all interested students. Thirty-oneparticipants from the Japanese language programs at Wake Forest University, Guilford Collegeand the University of North Carolina at Greensboro delivered their original speeches inJapanese to an audience of one hundred and twenty-eight of their friends, families andclassmates. All participating students were given certificates and contest t-shirts and, afterdeliberation by a panel of four judges, Takashi Shinozuka, Consul-General of Japan, presentedawards for the prize-winning speeches.
Thanks to the efforts of student volunteers, the assistance of the faculty and staff of theDepartment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) and International Global Studies, andthe support of the Diversity Initiatives Committee, the Japan Foundation, and the InternationalPrograms Center, the event met its goal of encouraging and rewarding the study of Japanese… plus, everyone had fun!