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Japanese students shine

26/08/2015

​Home Hill State High School has achieved an outstanding result in this year’s annual Japanese Speech Competition in Townsville with year 10 students Catania Musumeci (2nd) and Nikola Poli (1st) not only taking out the top two places in their division, but also earning the highest two individual scores on the day.

Ms Shirakoma was thrilled with the results. “Both Catania and Nikola worked extremely hard on their speeches so it was wonderful to see them do so well,” she said. The winning students were equally pleased with the results. “We were very honoured to represent Home Hill State High School,” Catania said. “The Japanese speech competition was a big success and was very beneficial to my Japanese learning and speaking skills. I thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

Nikola Poli, who achieved the highest individual score on the day, was also thrilled with how her speech went. “It’s a great experience, saying a speech in front of Japanese natives, whilst representing the school,” Nikola said. “To come first this year and first in the senior division was a wonderful (subarashii すばらしい) achievement. However, this wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of my teachers Mr Ishii and Ms Shirakoma.”

Overall, there were nine students representing Home Hill State High School at the speech competition: Chantel Ferrando and Leia Vass (year 7), Jenna Attard and Libby D’Alessandro (year 8), Rachel Kiehne and Hannah Paneccasio (year 9) and Mikaylah Wall (year 11). Each spoke well in their very competitive divisions.

It was also great to see the students behaving with such good manners and representing the school so well. Ms Shirakoma would also like to thank Mr Poli, Mrs Musumeci, Mrs Kiehne and Mrs Vass for taking their time to drive the students to and from Townsville on the day and for all the parents for encouraging their students to do their best. The day would not have been such a success without your support!