The transformative power of art, sign language as a tool to overcome barriers, and the importance of challenges were the standout themes at the Institute of International Education (IIE) Annual Speech Contest, held on November 13.
Namiko Okawara won first prize with her speech, "What I Want to Give People Through Art". Namie Tsuji won second prize with her speech, "Talking With My Hands". She spoke about the use of sign language.
Kumiko Sugimoto, with her speech "Challenge", won third prize. She spoke about the importance of always challenging yourself. A great collection of original speeches delivered with poise!
Full transcripts of the speeches can be found in the upcoming edition of our research journal
, due in Spring 2017.