Northsiders Dominate Japan Bowl
by Osazee Osaghae
Northside's Japanese II and III classes, taught by Park Jeung-Hee Sensei, World Language department, attended the annual event, known as Japan Bowl, on Nov. 8. Japan Bowl is a competition where students who are studying Japanese display their knowledge of Japanese grammar, culture, terminology, and other subjects. The event was held at Glenbrook South High School.
Park Sensei said, “For the past month, I have been assigning them material to study for the Japan Bowl as part of their homework. To make sure they have been studying the material, I give them quizzes on it. If they fail, then I know who is not studying.” Along with quizzes, Park Sensei has been doing review games in class to help students understand what type of questions would be asked at the event.
Park Sensei divided the kids going to Japan Bowl into different groups, each focusing on a different section of the competition. The competition was divided into three sections. The first section was culture, and there were two teams for this section. The two teams represented the different levels within the competition. Division one is generally for Japanese II students. This team was comprised of Helen Huynh, Adv. 909, Franz Galvin, Adv. 008, and Albertas Kerelis, Adv. 002, and placed first overall. “I was surprised that we got first, I thought it would be more difficult,” Huynh said. Division II, which is the harder division, is generally meant for the the Japanese III students. The Division II team was comprised of Crestelynne Jigo, Adv. 805, Trish Le, Adv. 003, and Norberto Nieves, Adv. 900, and they placed third overall.
The second part of the competition focused on the usage of Japanese words in context. Students were given a word in a sentence, and then asked to answer the specific meaning within the context. The team for this section was comprised of Lukas Hoffman, Adv. 906, Isabelle Lemma, Adv. 004, and Taniya Newson, Adv. 008 and placed first overall. The second team was comprised of Melanie Juarez, Adv. 903, Sergio Gonzalez, Adv. 006, and Ulani Luu, Adv. 009. They competed in the first division. They competed well but fell short, placing fourth overall.
The third and final part of the Japan Bowl encompassed vocabulary/onomatopoeia. This part of the competition requires students to have a vast knowledge of Japanese vocabulary. The first team included, Hans Chung Adv. 902, Jessica Conde, Adv. 003, and Lylajean Bariso, Adv. 002. They competed in the second division and placed second overall. “The competition was really simple. We should have gotten first,” Chung said. The team for the first division was John Tang, Adv. 906, Andrea Reyes, Adv. 909, and Magaly Zuniga, Adv. 004. They placed first overall. “I was really proud of all of my students who competed,” Park Sensei said.
Northside’s Japanese class students are always hard at work studying material everyday. Park Sensei is confident that her students will continue to thrive for years to come.