Congratulations to our 2022 Japan Wizards Competition Winning Teams!

TOP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COMPETE FOR TRIPS TO JAPAN AT THE

19TH ANNUAL JASH JAPAN WIZARDS STATEWIDE ACADEMIC TEAM COMPETITION




Congratulations to the 72 students who represented 15 high schools from Oahu, Hawaii and Maui at the 19th Annual JASH Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition (JWC)! Teams were comprised of three students each, with a total of 24 teams competing. The student-teams were tested on their knowledge of various Japan-related topics such as art, culture and tradition, food, geography, history, Japan-U.S./Hawaii ties, literature, politics and government, sports, contemporary Japan, and of course language. Students were divided into two levels: Level A or Level B, depending on their current Japanese language level. Level A students were enrolled in Japanese I or II, and Level B students were enrolled in Japanese III or IV.


Due to the ongoing pandemic, the JWC was held virtually again with two rounds taking place on separate days. The Preliminary Round took place between February 18 and 20, 2022 through an online quiz that each team member individually took. Individual test scores were combined towards the total team score to determine the teams that would advance to the Final Round of competition held virtually via Zoom on Saturday, February 26, 2022.


Each year, JASH awards trips to Japan to the top scoring public and private school teams in each level. We are pleased to announce the JWC Japan trip winners:


Level A: Hawaii Baptist Academy (private) and Mililani High School (public)

Level B: St. Joseph High School (private) and King Kekaulike High School (public)


Hawaii Baptist Academy Level A team was also awarded the Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarship and the International Christian University Special Award for achieving the highest score of the Finals.