Click on the links below for the most current information and reference materials.  Since competitions take place in the spring of each year, information and material documents will be uploaded to this page as they are provided to Sensei.

2018 Competitions Announcements

Broward District World Language Competition

April 21st (Sat) - South Broward High School

おめでとうございます! Congratulations to our 3 competitors for a job well done.  The final results were as follows:

Level 1:

Aayushi Kini - 3rd place in Impromptu Speaking

Level 2:

Nicole Balan - 2nd place in Impromptu Speaking

Leila Plummer - 1st place in Impromptu Speaking

Japan Club (led by Club Historian Maria Romero) earned a 2nd place

National Japan Bowl Competition

April 12th (Th) & 13th (Fr), 2018 - Chevy Chase, MD / Washington, DC

おつかれさまでした! Congratulations to our 3 teams for their hard work this year.  The final results were as follows:

Level 2 Team: Leila Plummer (Captain), Renee Cota & Bradley Vincent

-----16th place out of 20 teams that competed at Level 2

Level 3 Team: Ava Gelin (Captain) & Kira Sanders

-----21st place out of 23 teams that competed at Level 3

Level 4 Team: Shonin Ensley (Captain) & Shadya Amodu

-----11th place out of 22 teams that competed at Level 4


Broward District World Language Competition 

(in February/March at a designated Broward County school)

This contest gives students the opportunity to compete in both academic and talent competitions.  For the academic contest on this day, three representatives per level (Levels 1-4) compete in at least one of two categories: Impromptu Speech and/or Declamation.  One student or group may compete in the talent competition from our school as well.  Non-attendees may also submit certain kinds of projects and recorded work in advance for judging as well.

Information about the 2017 competition and the individual categories:


Intro/General Guidelines  --- Categories/Awards --- Timeline


Impromptu Guidelines --- Japanese Topics by Level

Declamation Guidelines

Original Skit Guidelines

Play Guidelines

Scrapbook Guidelines

Talent Competition

Poster Guidelines

Project Guidelines

Original New Media Guidelines

2018 Broward District World Language Competition 

SATURDAY, APRIL 21st, 2018 (Postponed Date)


Results - March 4th, 2017 - Ft. Lauderdale High School
The Broward District World Language Competition was held at Ft. Lauderdale High School on March 4th, 2017.  Seven of our students competed in the Impromptu, Declamation (Memorized Recitation), Talent/Musical Performance and Art Project categories by level.  We proud of them and look forward to receiving the results of this contest soon!

Results - February 4th, 2016 - Ft. Lauderdale High School

Academic Level 2
Shadya Amodu 1st Place in Impromptu Speaking

Academic Level 3:
Venice Saintilus
1st Place in Impromptu Speaking

Japan Club Scrapbook -
4th Place
Compiled by Lisa Braganca, Japan Club Historian



Florida Speech, Skit, Manga & Video Contest 

(held at a South Florida college in March/April)

Students can compete in several categories according to their level.  They may present speeches on a topic of their own choosing related to Japan.  They may also work in groups together to create and perform a skit presentation.  They can also create a comical, cultural, or historical 4-Frame Manga as well as develop and record a Japanese music video or a commercial encouraging students to study Japanese.

2018 Florida, Skit, Manga & Video Contest



Announcements - 2017

The AFTJ State Speech & Skit Contest was held at the University of Miami on April 9th, 2017.  None of our students attended the actual event, as it fell on the first weekend of spring break and many of our likely competitors were involved in the 2017 National Japan Bowl that weekend.

Announcements - 2016

We unfortunately had NO ONE compete this year, not for lack of interest, but lack of preparation time due to IB Internal Assessments.  I hope we can attend this really great event in 2017.

Announcements - 2015

Congratulations to Paula Quezada & Tulika Srivastava who competed in Speech categories at their respective high school levels, Level 4 & Level 3.  They both won 2nd place finishes in their division.


National Japan Bowl™ Competition 

(held in April in Chevy Chase, MD -- near Washington, DC)

Teams of three students at Levels 2, 3, and 4 answer a series of quiz-style questions in a timed format.  Questions test your team's knowledge of language comprehension, accuracy, vocabulary and character writing/recognition, as well as predetermined cultural topics and current events, idiomatic expressions, and onomatopoeia.

Download the 2018 Japan Bowl Study Guide and see what it is that we do!

Check out the Japan America Society of Washington DC's page with reports and photo slideshows from previous Japan Bowls. There are a number of pictures posted of our students during the competition!

2018 National Japan Bowl



THURSDAY & FRIDAY, APRIL 12 & 13, 2018

Results - April 6 & 7, 2017
The 25th National Japan Bowl was held in Chevy Chase, MD on April 6 & 7, 2017.  Three teams from DBHS competed in this quiz bowl style competition that includes learning advanced language skills/expressions as well as culture and general knowledge about Japan.

Here were the results for our teams this year:

Level 4 - Medinah Grant, Venice Saintilus & India Wesley - 9th place out of 14 teams

Level 3 - Shonin Ensley & Christdaelle Louis - 15th place out of 21 teams

Level 2 - Ava Gelin & Kevin Grant - 15th place out of 19 teams

The event also included admission to the National Cherry Blossom and Japanese Street Festival in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 8th.  We had a lot of fun there exploring booths and activities related to Japan.  We also took the opportunity to go sightseeing in DC.  While the preparation for the contest was a lot of hard work, we fully enjoyed ourselves and had a great time!

SUMMER UPDATEOur Level 4 Team members were all invited to participate in the Japan Bowl Study Trip in Japan, sponsored by the Kakehashi Project.  This is a great honor, and while 2 of the 3 students could not attend (due to summer college commitments), we are proud of their achievement!

Results - April 14 & 15, 2016

Six students in our program competed at the 2016 National Japan Bowl held on Thursday & Friday, April 14 & 15, 2016 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland

Here were the results for our teams this year:
Level 4 -
Julianne Fontana, Tulika Srivastava & Meghan Ta - 8th place out of 24 teams

Level 3 - Medinah Grant, Venice Saintilus & India Wesley - 15th place out of 21 teams



Other Opportunities Available!

The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) sponsors a Nengajou (New Years Cards) Contest in December.  Click on the link to find out more and speak with Sensei if you are interested in participating in this national competition as well.