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TEAMWORK LEADS TRIO TO TOP PRIZE AT ENGLISH CONTEST

By Ayako Ishiguro

Japan News Staff Writer



Grand Prize winners of the 7th All Japan Student English Presentation Contest, from left,Ellie Eshima, Nao Otsubo and Hanna Oku attend the award Ceremony in Tokyo on Saturday.

A team of three female university students won the Grand Prize at the 7th Annual All Japan Student English Presentation Contest in Tokyo on Saturday with a proposal for a unique educational program that encourages children to reduce waste and protect the environment.  

 

Nao Otsubo and Hanna Oku, sophomores at Sophia University, and Ellie Eshima, a sophomore at International Christian University, earned top prize at the annual contest, which was held at the Yomiuri Otemachi Hall, for their strong teamwork and smooth delivery of their presentation.

 

The three women, who were classmates at high school, developed a program called "Zero Waste Camping" that encourages children to reduce waste, such as by using less plastic and playing games that teach proper waste disposal methods. Under their proposal, participants divide into groups and compete 'to collect eco-points, which they earn by reducing the amount of waste they produce.

 

"It was pretty hard to gather and work together because we are from different universities, so (we were) so grateful to be here,"said Otsubo with a smile.

 

The judges praised the three for their English abilities and teamwork skills. "The three were all impressive and worked together well,which made the presentation more convincing and logical," said Yasuyuki Sugiura,managing director of Toyo Bunko (The Oriental Library).

 

The Best Individual Award went to Miyu Teranishi, a sophomore at Tokyo University of Science, while Sandali Dilshanie and Disala Fernando sophomores at Osaka Jogakuin University won the Best Group Award.

 

Ryunosuke Asami, a junior at Keio University who gave his presentation clad in a chefs outfit, took home the Impressive Individual Award. Erina Kataoka and Misaki Morita, juniors at the University of Tsukuba, used a traditional musical instrument in their presentation, winning the Impressive Group Award.

 

This year, 759 students from 165 universities, graduate schools,technical colleges and vocational schools took part in the contest, which was organized by the Kanda Gaigo Group and The Yomiuri Shimbun.

 

Students who reached the final round gave presentations up to 10 minutes long in English, using slides and other visual media, and answered questions from judges and the audience.

 
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