Wisconsin student wins World Children's Haiku Contest and trip to Tokyo.|
El Segundo, CA – June 6, 2008: Japan Airlines hosted a ceremony on June 6, 2008, to congratulate the continental U.S. winner of the 10th World Children's Haiku Contest, Abbi Jakubek, age 12. The award ceremony was held at the winning student's school, Maplewood Middle School, located in Menasha, WI. At the award ceremony, Japan Airlines presented Miss Jakubek with the grand prize of roundtrip tickets to Tokyo, Japan.
This contests theme for Haiku composition was "winds." Two judges from California State University, Long Beach, selected the winning poem from 632 total entries collected from throughout the continental U.S.
This contest's winning Haiku:
Gusts, like attitudes
Change dolphins into turtles
Up in the blue sky
The Haiku Contest, drawing participants from over 15 countries this year, is aimed to foster creativity in children worldwide while promoting the Japanese culture. The JAL Foundation, the organizer of the World Children's Haiku Contest, is a non-profit organization that actively encourages progressive thinking through projects that support international exchange.
Japan Airlines has been sponsoring the World Children's Haiku Contest since its beginning in 1990.
The JAL Foundation and Japan Airlines are both part of the JAL Group, the largest airline group in Asia. Japan Airlines, Asia's largest airline currently serves 214 destinations in 33 countries and territories. Japan Airlines continental U.S. gateways include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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