We recently completed our annual 2018 speech contest. Our winner this year was Chiyo Takeda, with her speech "Depression - The Elephant in the Room". Chiyo shared her personal and inspiring story about depression, an issue prevalent, but rarely spoken about, in Japan.
Our first runner-up was Norika, with her speech "Losing Our Humanity: Social Media Abuse".
Our second runner-up was Akemy, with her speech "My Mum is My Heart".
As you can see, the students are allowed to choose any topic they would like to talk about, leading to a great variety of contemporary - and heartfelt - issues.
We hope next year's participants will replicate such a high level of oration!
Although our judges could only choose three winners, all participants produced excellent speeches. Hats off to them!
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