One year ago, I got a third prize at the previous contest. I had a strong
desire to get the first prize, so I decided to participate in this contest
Several months later, my teacher told me that the contest will be held
this year, too, and asked me to try again. My choice was obvious.
During summer vacation, I practiced very hard. I tried to speak slowly,
pay attention to intonations, and put some affective gestures. Also, I
took many videos of myself having a recitation as practicing. I failed
many times, but I never gave up.
When I finally made a video to send to Shichida Academy, my heart was filled
with pleasure for the achievement. After I sent the video to the recitation
committee, I could only wish and wait for the good news.
Few days passed. One day, my mother’s cell phone rang. While she was talking
on the phone, she looked so happy. I wondered, “what is she talking about?”
I got to know the answer, after she finished talking on the phone. She
told me, “Congratulations, Yosuke! You took the prize again!” I was so
surprised, and happy to hear that.
These months, I practiced very much for this recitation, and I think this
was a good experience for me to improve my English skill. I think English
is very important for our lives. I want to study English more, and contribute
my English to the world. (In his own words)
I was really happy when I heard that I got an award.
I practiced a lot reading the story every day.
It was really hard and difficult but it was fun to act.
I want to join again next time and to give my best. (In her own words)