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CSU students win Japan Cup for second year

May 7, 2014

Eleven second-year students of Japanese competed in the annual Japan Cup sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Colorado on April 26 a the University of Denver.

The competition tests students’ proficiency in the Japanese language (reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills), their knowledge of hundreds of Japanese characters, and their knowledge of Japanese grammar, proverbs, idiomatic expressions, culture, history, and current issues. More than 100 students from middle school, high school, and college competed in four different levels at the Japan Cup.

For the second year in a row, CSU teams placed in the top three positions at the competition, a feat that has not been accomplished by any other college in the 16 years of Japan Cup history. Four CSU teams competed against students from the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Denver, and the University of Northern Colorado. In the preliminary round, CSU teams swept the top four positions, with the fourth place team in a tie with a team from another school. The top three highest scoring teams in the preliminary round advanced to the final round. The three CSU teams competed against each other in the final round.

A tough competition

Students worked hard to prepare for this competition, meeting outside of regular class times and receiving coaching from senior students of Japanese. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers their thanks to the students for their dedication and commitment in continuing the CSU Japan Cup tradition. Teamwork is the key to success, and the strong bond between second year students and senior students is undeniably the secret of the strength of the CSU teams. In addition to eleven CSU competitors, 15 supporters went along to cheer on the CSU teams on competition day.

Students earned not only a trophy, but a vast knowledge and true language and culture proficiency that will go a long way toward establishing bridges between Japan and America in the future.

First place
  • Jenny Cheung, Business Administration
  • Jenny DeWitt, English
  • Yichao Zhang, Psycology
Second place 
  • Rachel Heiderscheidt, Art
  • Rachel Worley, Business Adminstration
Third place
  • Joshua Clauson, Music
  • Mark Feller, Mathematics
  • Victoria Murphy, Equine Science
Fourth place
  • Raina Doyle, International Studies
  • Jake Puhl, English
  • Mariah Simon, International Studies

More information.

Contact: Lindsey Middendorf
Phone: 491-2374