Lake Oswego Builds Japanese Language High School Legacy

by Lynn Moyers on March 15, 2018

March 15, 2017

North Salem High School challenged strongly at the Junior Level 3 competition, and Westview High School came even closer in a tough Level 4 battle among the seniors, but Lake Oswego held off challengers by just a few points in both competitions to sweep the trophies at the 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Japan Bowl on Saturday March 10th at the Native American Center at PSU.

The event is hosted annually by the Japan-America Society of Oregon, bringing together over 50 individuals and companies to support the students in their learning, with great prizes including a trip to Washington DC to take part in the National Japan Bowl for the Level 4 winners.

The competition itself mixes language with culture and general knowledge about Japan. Students answer fifty questions in the morning, with the top three teams going through to a fast-paced quiz show competition in the afternoon.

In the Level 3 competition, the International School of Beaverton placed strongest in the morning, but during the quiz competition it was North Salem that challenged Lake Oswego most strongly, falling just short. In Level 4, top three teams of Lake Oswego, Westview and Sunset were all within one point of each other after the morning round, and all three started out even in the finals. Westview pushed closest, but were beaten out by Lake Oswego in the final few questions.

Charlotte Benedict, teacher at Lake Oswego High, also coached the Level 4 winners last year, now starting a dynasty that other schools will be aiming to bring down in 2019. Lake Oswego students Ruofeng Li and Maggie Wong go on to Washington DC in April to represent the Pacific Northwest in the National Japan Bowl.

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