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Sweet sweep

May 3, 2013

The annual Japan Cup competition was recently held at the University of Denver. This event was organized by the Japan-America Society of Colorado (JASC) in collaboration with the Colorado Japanese Language Education Association (CJLEA).

This year, a total of more than 100 students ranging from middle school to college-aged students competed in four different levels.

For the college level, five CSU teams of 2-3 members participated. The top three highest scoring teams among 13 teams advanced from the preliminary round to the final round. This year's top three teams were all CSU teams! 

Prepping for the competition

Students spent many hours studying to prepare for this competition. The competition tested their language skills, including the knowledge of 500 Chinese characters, as well as their knowledge of Japanese history, culture, proverbs, onomatopoeia, idiomatic expressions, current issues, and more.

During the process, students were coached by upperclassmen that competed in last year’s Japan Cup, as well as Japanese students, senior volunteers and instructors - truly an example of teamwork.

Fielding difficult questions

Participants from all the universities, including the University of Denver, exhorted their utmost, fielding difficult questions one after another. In the final round, the CSU teams did an excellent job, especially when all three teams correctly answered the first five questions in a row.

This accomplishment is unprecedented in the 15 years of Japan Cup history.

First place

  • Izak Loftus
  • Tad Bozdech
  • Nathan Hajj

Second place

  • Curtis Kovacs
  • Travis Schneider
  • Seth Langston

Third place

  • Natalie Heffron
  • Teo Peralez
  • Mustapha Major

Contact: Mako Beecken
Phone: 491-5275