J.LIVE Talk 2023 Semifinalists

The video submissions have been judged by the first panel of judges. The following 22 semifinalists have been selected. Congratulations to all!  (Listed in alphabetical order by last name)

High School Division

       Kyla Austin, Keisho Heritage Center (MD)         

       Pariasr Blackburn, Yorktown High School (VA)  

       Aitana Camponovo, Japanese Plus  (DC) 

       Shima Harrison, Keisho Heritage Center (MD) 

       Arden Kawamoto, Walt Whitman High School (MD) 

       Chloe Schaffran, Keisho Heritage Center (MD)     


College Division I

       Loic Duggal, Rice University             

       Jacob Eguia, Rice University

       Carlee Foster, University of Maryland, Baltimore County   

       Bryson Jun, Rice University 

       Luo Zixuan, George Washington University

       Maegan Mahula, Baylor University


College Division II

       Nicholas Bird, George Washington University 

       Erika Braun, George Washington University             

       Skylar Kim, University of California, San Diego        

       Madison Langworthy, Appalachian State University

       Kai Martin, Macalester College 

       Hoang Nguyen, Rice University


College Division III

      Andrew Brooks, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

      Sofi Finn, George Washington University 

      Rachel Kwon, George Washington University 

      Carolina Yuka Nakada, University of Pennsylvania 


The semifinalists' videos are now being judged by the second panel of judges. In addition, the semifinalists have been asked to provide a one-minute video message (in Japanese) to the second panel of judges as to what message they would like to convey at the J.LIVE Talk 2023 Final Round. Three finalists will be selected from each category and invited to participate in the Final Round.