Shuri JHS and Shoyaku HS win at English Spelling-Bee Contest

Shuri JHS and Shoyaku HS win at English Spelling-Bee Contest

Winners of the Junior High School section, Brilliant3 (on the left) and the winners of the Senior High School section, Krishna, at the Ryuku Shimpo Hall, in Izumisaki, Naha City, on September 25.

September 27, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo
The final of the 4th English Spelling-Bee Contest, sponsored by the Ryukyu Shimpo, the Executive Committee Considering Teaching English in Okinawa and the NPO Cross Cultural Collective, and co-hosted by the U.S. Consulate General Okinawa, was held at the Ryukyu Shimpo Hall in Izumisaki, Naha City, on September 25. The Brilliant3 team (Shuri Junior High School) and the Krishna team (Showa Pharmaceutical University Affiliated High School) came first in their respective sections.

The Shuri Junior High School team members were Rina Araki (first-grade), Keigo Shimabukuro (second-grade) and Moko Matsumoto (third-grade). They seemed a little tense because the team was making its first appearance in the contest, but they managed to answer the questions confidently in a loud voice. The three members were thrilled with the result, saying, “We are really happy to achieve this after having practiced so much after school.”

The Showa Pharmaceutical University Affiliated High School team was made up of Seira Bakushi (first-grade), Keito Ishimine (first-grade), and Sonoko Nagata (second-grade). They commented that they could not practice as much as they would have liked because the contest was held the day before their school festival, but they still managed to display their ability. Smiling, the three said, “We approached the contest with a fierce determination to win and it went really well.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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