Students from Five Schools Compete in Junior Japan Bowl

School News
May 22, 2019
students competing at Japan Bowl
The Fox Mill ES team competes.

Students from five schools competed in the third annual Mid-Atlantic Junior Japan Bowl, an academic competition modeled after the National Japan Bowl. Students are challenged to answer questions about Japanese language, culture, history, and social studies in a quiz-bowl format. In this third annual competition, 48 students from grades 1-8 competed in challenging rounds. Junior Japan Bowl also connected the Japanese language learning community of the Greater Washington, D.C., region. FCPS winners were: Level 1 (grades 1-3): first place, Munrireh Aghdasi, Sana Rodriguez, and Jamie Scheid of Great Falls Elementary; Level 2 (grades 4-6): second place, Tomoaki Douglas, Lindsay Lai, and Aya Ryan of Fox Mill Elementary; third place: Mika Brown, Campbell Hegerty, and Maya Rodriguez of Great Falls Elementary; fourth place: Ameya Haldankar, Alaina Lai, and Tylar Letterny of Fox Mill Elementary; Level 3 (middle school): first place: Emily Jao, Claire Kim, and Nikko Lim of Cooper Middle; third place: Spencer Duah, Kiersten Fearrington, and Emily Hernandez of Hayfield Secondary; fourth place: Sophia Galova, Tiara Reynon, and Jay Varakala of Carson Middle. FCPS teachers who organized the competition, created questions, served as an emcee, judges, scores and monitors included Koji Otani of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Nicole Tsuruta of South County Middle; Kyoko Vaughan of Hayfield Secondary; and Nahoko Nakayama, Keiko Endo, Yoko Linam, and Noriko Otsuka of Fox Mill Elementary. Contact Fox Mill Elementary news liaison Stephanie Alger at