Japanese language students from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University will compete in the 13th annual All-Utah Japanese Speech Festival Saturday, March 30, at the University of Utah.
The contest will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the Orson Spencer Hall auditorium and is free and open to the public.Its purpose is to promote Japanese language skills among student participants. Audience members can learn about Japan from speakers who have lived there.
Beginning contestants will tell their favorite Japanese stories, while advanced students will give their impressions of Japanese people and culture.
The event is sponsored by the Japan Foundation and the U. Department of Languages and Literature.
The contestants are winners from preliminary competitions at the two universities.
Winners from the U.'s beginning division are Rex Petersen, first place, and Rebecca O'Neil, second place. Two brothers, Bret and Bart Hickenlooper, are first- and second-place winners in the advanced category. They will now compete against their BYU counterparts.