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PC Hosts Two Language Competitions

April 23, 2012

The Liberal Arts Department hosted two language competitions last weekend at Phoenix College.  On Saturday, April 14, students from Betty Fairfax High School, Bioscience High School, Camelback High School, Carl Hayden High School, and South Mountain High School participated in the Phoenix College World Languages Competition for high school students.

Students competed in poetry recitations, prose readings and the presentation of original skits in Spanish. Prior to Saturday’s competition, students had submitted original short stories and video commercials. The entertainment portion of the closing program included students who sang in French and others who performed the traditional Mexican hat dance. The winners in all categories were announced at the awards presentation.

Congratulations to all the winners! This language competition has been an annual event at Phoenix College since 1989! Thanks to Delia Escalante for her work in organizing the event; she has dedicated her efforts to making this event a reality for many years.

Trino Sandoval, Constantino Lopez, Loida Gutierrez, Frank Luna, Virginia Betz and Paula Chalarca served as judges. Dr. Albert Celoza welcomed the students.

On Sunday, April 15, the PC Liberal Arts Department hosted the 23rd Annual Japanese Speech Contest. Students from high schools and colleges from around the state took part in the contest.

Students categorized by proficiency levels in the Japanese language, gave speeches evaluated by a nine-judge panel.

The Phoenix College Judo/Jiu Jitsu Club student members and a teacher from the Kenshin Dojo showed examples of Japanese sword dancing.

The ASU Japanese Student Association, Japan Exchange Program and other organizations provided exhibits; PC students Caitlyn Conner and Yadira Valentin served as emcees; and other PC volunteers helped in the event.

Dean Sharon Halford and Dr. Albert Celoza welcomed more than 50 participants as well as their teachers, guests and community members.

Yukari Takahashi, PC adjunct faculty in Japanese, coordinated the event and the Liberal Arts Department hosted this unique gathering together with the Consulate General of Japan, Los Angeles.