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Saint Mary's Students Head to Vancouver for National Japanese Speech Contest

16 March, 2017


The Saint Mary's delegation to the 19th Annual Atlantic Canada Japanese Speech Contest, with Dr. Alexandre Avdulov and Dr. Esther Enns, Vice-President, Academic and Research.


Two Saint Mary’s students are on the way to Vancouver this weekend for the National Japanese Speech Contest, after taking the top spots in the 19th Annual Atlantic Canada Japanese Speech Contest earlier this month.

Accompanied by Modern Languages & Classics professor Dr. Alexandre Avdulov, the Saint Mary’s delegation travelled to Mount Allison University on March 4th for the regional competition—an important showcase of Saint Mary’s commitment to internationalization, and intercultural and experiential learning.

Dr. Avdulov’s pride in his students’ accomplishments is plain, especially as he relates their specific successes. Winning student Kensey Phillips, for example, turned her struggle with anxiety into a strength several years ago, using the topic as the springboard for an impressive speech.

“It was most gratifying,” says Dr. Avdulov, “to see students who just a few years ago were starting a new language with all its hardships, and seeing them now, shining with success.”

Phillips will be joined in Vancouver by Lee Jeongseob, an international student from South Korea. Both are fourth-year Japanese-language students.

Saint Mary’s has traditionally been a strong performer at regional and national contests, and we wish them the best of luck this year!