Ryan Blanchard, a senior at the University of North Georgia (UNG), took the grand prize wreath in the 1st annual Korean Speech & Quiz Contest last Saturday.
By Anna Kim
The 1st annual Korean Speech & Quiz Contest, which was hosted by the Korean Education Center and Georgia Institute of Technology, was held on the 14th of April at the Georgia Tech East Architecture 123. The swell event was executed seamlessly and served to propagate Korean language and culture with a good module.
This contest, where over 300 were gathered, was targeted at all students in the Southeastern region who take Korean language courses or programs in college. The participation was limited to non-heritage speakers and heritage speakers of the language. 29 contestants for speech, 88 teams of two for quiz, and 50 K-Pop dance performers from 6 different universities made it to the event.
Before the contest got started, Young-jun Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, delivered congratulatory remarks to the attendees, encouraging them to move forward with Korean skills. All sponsoring parties and businesses were granted a plaque of appreciation.
The most attention-getting event was the speech contest segment, where the panel of judges gave credit where it was due. Ryan Blanchard took the grand prize. He spoke about what he went through in Korea, staying for one year to learn Korean language and culture at the Korean Language Center at Seo Kang University in Seoul. He has been teaching himself for about 10 years!
He reminisced about how and when he stumbled into the Korean world.
“As there was a pretty large Korean student population at my high school, I was naturally hooked on Korean drama and K-Pop that my Korean friends enjoyed so much,” said Ryan Blanchard, “In the beginning, I started learning Korean just for fun, but the uniqueness of Korean culture, as well as the Korean language, grew on me. I will continue to keep up the good work with all things Korean.”
He was granted a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus as a prize! He beamed at the attendees with a Korean-style smile. All of the speech contest participants received a certificate of participation aside from a wide variety of prizes granted when they wore a laurel wreath as the first, second, and third place in the speech and quiz sectors, respectively. All attendees were also provided with free Korean food, T-shirts, and souvenirs. How abundant!
The fantastic co-hosts---The Korean Education Center and Georgia Institute of Technology---teamed up and worked out well to draw scores of students in the Korean class of 6 different universities in the Southeastern region of U.S.A. to touch down on this few and far between occurrence.
In particular, the Korean Education Center has an array of ideas to play out this year for Korean learners although the plans are up in the air for now.
“I feel very proud of the fact that a great number of assiduous Korean learners in the Southeastern region participated in this virgin event and had an opportunity to share their experiences in Korean,” said Je Ik Cho, Executive Director of the Korean Education Center. “This coming fall, we are hosting a K-Pop Festival to add to the fuel of Korean language and culture prevailing in this area. We will put forth lots of efforts to bolster interest in things Korean, not just as a flickering fad, but a sustainable fervor.”
You can inquire about the fall K-Pop contest and also garner in-depth information of a variety of Korean programs that the Korean Education Center in Duluth organizes at email= email@example.com / office= 770-686-3949 / postal address= 3505 Koger Blvd, Ste 174, Duluth, GA 30096.
Here’s the list of awardees in the 1st Korean Speech & Quiz Contest:
<Korean Speech Segment>
1st place= Zheng, Jingjing(GIT) 한국에 대한 나의 경험 2nd place= Chen, Yanrong(GIT) 줄임말 / 3rd place= Diaz, Adam(UGA) 나와 한국
△Non-Heritage 2: 1st place= Oberst, Grace(GIT) 한국어와 나의 꿈 / 2nd place= Basdeo, Kenrick(UGA) 사랑을 시작할 때 / 3rd place= Dow, Kelsie(GSU) 한국의 버스킹 문화
△Non-Heritage 3: 1st place & grand prize= Blanchard, Ryan(UNG) 외국인 유학생의 한국 생활 체험기 / 2nd place & runner-up= Nguyen, Paul(GIT) 오빠와 전쟁 / 3rd place= Macer, Courtney(KEC) 한류가 내 인생에 미친 영향
△Heritage 1: 1st place= Lee, Chungman(UGA) 한류와 1.5 세대 한인의 생활 / 2nd place= Kang, Jung Won(GIT) 한국어를 배운 이유 / 3rd place= Sol, Amanda(UGA) 페미니즘
1st place= Kim, Kyungho(GIT) 국수와 국화/ 2nd place= Bookert, Hannah(Emory) 한국인이라는 정체성을 찾아서 / 3rd place= Lim, Jin Ho(UGA) 통일
△ 1st place= Seungil Kim, Laura Schilling(GIT) / 2nd place= Courtney Myles, Isla Baldridge(KSU) / 3rd palce= Denaire Sterling, Paris Johnson(KSU)
The 1st annual Korean Speech & Quiz Contest, which was hosted by the Korean Education Center and Georgia Institute of Technology, was held on the 14th of April at the Georgia Tech East Architecture 123.
This contest, where over 300 were gathered, was targeted at all students in the Southeastern region who take Korean language courses or programs in college. The participation was limited to non-heritage speakers and heritage speakers of the language.
29 contestants for speech, 88 teams of two for the quiz, and 50 K-Pop dance performers from 6 different universities made it to the event.