Sorry about the long overdue update.
Last Tuesday, we had the Taisho-Towa English Recitation Contest here in Taisho at the local town hall. Students from Taisho, Showa and Tokawa chuugakkou, as well as the local high school here, competed in the contest.
There were four categories, each of which had both a first and second place: 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade junior high students; and high school (all three grades together).
Mika came along with Maya, and we enjoyed sitting through each of the recitals and performances.
Every student that I had helped did well, and others that I had some association with also won awards. The 3rd graders from Showa, whom I had helped with a Romeo and Juliet performance, did excellently. They came in second, but were beaten by Mei-chan from Taisho JHS, whom we tutored throughout last year. So I was happy.
In fact, all three grades at Showa got either first or second place! For the high school students, one of our very own church members, Yuu-chan, whose speech I helped to revise, came first. Mika and I were both glad; especially since she gave a testimony of how her life had changed. The essence of her speech was to respect your parents, no matter what. I think it even brought tears to my wife's eyes - I know it brought a lump to my throat!
So the speeches went well. It was my first time to attend, and this is my third year here! Unfortunately, classes had clashed with the contest in previous years. So my attending was another reason to be happy. :)
Coming up: display walls at both Kubokawa and Showa Junior High Schools. Stay tuned!