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LUJ Student Wins Speech Contest

LUJ Student Wins Speech Contest


LUJ Student Wins Speech Contest

On November 16, 2022, Lakeland University Japan partnered with Bunkyo Gakuin to create a new speech contest. Officially called the 1st Annual LUJ x BGU Presentation Contest, ten students, five from each university, squared off at BGU’s Jintai Hall auditorium.

The theme of the contest was “The Future Is…” and contestants, speaking in front of over 200 students, family, friends, were given between 4-5 minutes to offer their vision of what’s to come. The two judges, LUJ’s Dr. Paul Snowden and BGU’s Dean Unoura, were given the difficult task of choosing a winner.

After ten excellent speeches, first prize went to LUJ’s Mayuki Mori, while another LUJ student, Hirokazu Okamoto, snagged third place along with the audience prize.

Mori’s winning speech, “The Future is…Wrong,” was a philosophical dive into the concept of time, and how our prognostications often turn out to be incorrect. She ended by quoting a character from Back to the Future, scientist Doc Brown: “Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.”

LUJ Participants

Mayuki Mori

Yoko Yamamoto

Hirokazu Okamoto

Maya Ito

Setsuka Miyakawa

Plans are in the works for the second annual speech contest, as well as other events between the two universities. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.