20 November 2013
Certificate IV in Japanese student wins national speech contest final
Jessica Waugh, an RMIT Certificate IV in Japanese student, makes her mark at the national final of a Japanese Language Speech Contest.
The 44th Japanese Language Speech Contest National Final was held at the University of Melbourne on Saturday 12 October 2013. First place winners from state and territory level contests, as well as contestants from New Zealand were invited to participate in the national event.
After having won the first prize at the Japanese Language Speech Contest Victorian State Final in September, Jessica Waugh, a Certificate IV in Japanese student, then proceeded to the national finals of this prestigious and challenging contest held annually in Australia.
In her speech, Jessica asked the audience if there is only one road in our lives and how many roads we are supposed to take. She urged the audience to pursue their dreams, sharing her experience of having made a brave yet uncertain choice in order to pursue hers.
Jessica was awarded the first prize for her speech and round trip tickets to Japan in her division. She was encouraged and cheered on by all her RMIT classmates and teachers.
This achievement is a terrific bookend for the Certificate IV in Japanese program, which will be replaced from 2014 by the new Diploma of Languages.
Front row from left: Ms. Mizue Aiko, students Ly Nguyen and Jessica Waugh, and students from RMIT’s sister university Muroran Institute of Technology in Japan and Hiroko Ohashi.
Left to right: Coordinator of RMIT Japanese programs Hiroko Ohashi, Jessica Waugh and classmates from Certificate IV in Japanese, Emily Baxter, Joe Morgan-Payler and Tess Wendel.
Certificate IV in Japanese student Lisa Mazurkiewicz volunteered at the speech contest.