Friday, April 26, 2013

[437] MTSU students excel at Japanese speech competition

Gina Logue, 615-898-5081,

MURFREESBORO — MTSU Japanese students have been honored by the Consul General of Japan in Nashville.

Cameron Mitchell and Trevor Sitler won special honors presented in person by Consul General Motohiko Kato at the sixth annual Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest April 6 at Vanderbilt University.

Mitchell, a senior from Memphis, delivered a speech titled “Yume,” or “Dreams,” in Level Two intermediate competition, and Sitler, a senior from Nashville, performed a speech on “Nihon De Hayatte Iru Eigo” — “English Prevalent in Japan” — in Level Three advanced competition.

Other students who competed in the contest include Jonathan King of Eagleville, Tenn.; Baron Black of Murfreesboro; Charlotte Fjetland of Nashville; and Julie Vandel of Fayetteville, Tenn.

Thirty-two students from seven schools in and around Tennessee took part in beginning, intermediate and advanced categories.

For more information about Japanese language studies at MTSU, contact Dr. Priya Ananth, assistant professor of Japanese, at 615-898-5357 or


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