Diane Blum

Freelance Writer

"Japan Bowl"
posted Apr 17, 2015 in the Evergreen Times
On April 7th, the Silver Creek Thunderously Hip Japanese Program (SCTHJP) sent a team of students to the 23rd National Japan Bowl in Washington, D.C. The 3 sophomore SCTHJP students representing the school had hoped they would be able to return with a national title on behalf of the school’s stellar program. The students had been practicing hard, even on most weekends with their Sensei, Mano Takegami.
And the team did it! They competed with 67 high school teams from across the nation for the two-day competition, including teams from Guam, New York, Texas, Utah, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Minnesota, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Virginia and throughout California. The team placed 4th in the competition, an incredible victory given the talent that participates in this respected event each year.
The Japan-America Society of Washington, DC inaugurated the Japan Bowl event over twenty years ago. Its purpose is to encourage high school students to continue and excel in their study of Japanese. Teams of students answer Jeopardy-format questions about Japanese language, culture, history and politics in Japanese, taking on schools from all over the country. The Japan Bowl is the only competition of its kind in the country.
Students representing Silver Creek’s Thunderously Hip Japanese Program in this year’s event are: Joanne Guan, Ethel Quebral and Pul Vo.
For over a decade Silver Creek High School has fielded Japan Bowl regional teams. Silver Creek High School has always placed in the top 10 at the national competition.
Students in the program continue to fundraise, and the students are in need of the community’s support to help defray costs of the Japan Bowl as well as the overall SCTHJP program. Any help individuals or community businesses might want to provide would be most appreciated. Please send to:
Silver Creek High School
Attn: Japanese Program
3434 Silver Creek Road
San Jose, CA, 95121
The SCTHJP students recently said a sad “goodbye” to new friends met during their sister-high school homestay visit. Eleven students from Korakukan High School in San Jose’s sister city, Okayama, came and stayed at SCTHJP students’ homes for several days, learning about American culture and language. SCHS will be sending 13 of its students to Japan for their homestay visit in June.
For more information, contact: Mano Sensei at takegamim@esuhsd.org
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