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Friday, December 02, 2011

Southern Indiana Japanese School receives sixth School Award in Writing

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Japan Overseas Educational Services, a subsidiary of the Japanese government's Ministry of Education and Science, has awarded the School Award in Writing to the Southern Indiana Japanese School (SIJS).

Nearly 200 Japanese schools worldwide were eligible for the award, only 20 were selected to receive it.

Additional writing prizes were awarded to SIJS students is various categories, including:

Composition
Shunnya Asami, 5th grade
Riki Kobayashi, 2nd grade
Emily Okada, 3rd grade

Poem
Riki Kobayashi
, 2nd grade
Emily Okada, 3rd grade

Tanka Poem
Shunnya Asami
, 5th grade
Mizuki Kamihira, 8th grade
Kana Ueta, 6th grade

SIJS opened in 1997 at the request of and with the financial support of Tri-state regional companies to help prepare students for a smooth transition into Japanese school life when they return home. Currently, the school has 55 students and 11 teachers who provide instruction in Japanese language, culture, and other selected disciplines on Saturdays and after the regular school day.

The SIJS is an outreach program of the University of Southern Indiana.

Additional information about SIJS can be found at www.usi.edu/extserv/outreach/japaneseschool.asp.



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