(Cranford, NJ–March 9, 2018) Andy Chae of Harrison, North Bergen resident Diana Concepcion, and Rebecca Rosas of West New York have received the 2018 New Jersey Association of Teachers of Japanese (NJATJ) Language and Culture Study Award at Orange Avenue School, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.
The award recognizes New Jersey students for their work and achievement in learning Japanese language and culture. This year, 56 recipients from 21 high schools and universities have been honored with the award.
“The ceremony was held in a warm atmosphere with students and families leaving the event with smiles,” says Akemi Dobkin, veteran instructor of Japanese at High Tech.
The ceremony began with greetings from Kristin Wingate, President of NJATJ, and Tomofumi Horiki, Consul of the Consulate General of Japan in New York City, who congratulated the recipients for their hard work. Each recipient of the award made a short speech on the benefits of learning Japanese. Following the ceremony, the Japanese Club Dance Team of High Tech performed a traditional Japanese dance called “Soran Bushi” (the Fisherman’s Dance). After the performance, the Dance Team taught the award winners and audience members the dance.
“It was amazing to see so many students from different backgrounds expressing their passion for the Japanese language and culture,” notes Concepcion. “I’m proud to be a part of this group and hope that our love for Japanese will change the world.”