On Saturday, December 19th, the awards ceremony for the 27th Ehime Shimbun Primary School Book Report Contest, for which Taiyo Oil is a special cosponsor, was held at Tokyo Dai-ichi Hotel Matsuyama.
This year's contest attracted 614 entries from primary school pupils in Ehime prefecture as well as individual based entries, of which 1 was selected for Top Prize, 5 were selected for Special Prizes, 12 for Excellence Prizes, and 18 for Honorable Mentions: a total of 36 awards for which each winner received a certificate.
The Taiyo Oil SOLATO Prize for Best Overall Report was awarded to Kohei Yamamoto, who wrote an essay entitled “Peace is Created Through Education and Bravery.” His essay was based on his thoughts after reading I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Yamamoto writes about the importance of bravery for standing up against discrimination and bullying, using words and knowledge to indicate what is wrong.
After the awards ceremony, a gathering was held to which the award winners, their guardians, and other family members were invited. Taiyo Oil's brand character "SOLATO-kun" was also in attendance who further heightened the celebratory mood through a quiz session and other interactions.
Taiyo Oil will continue supporting activities of this kind that aim to bring up upstanding leaders of tomorrow from among today's youth as part of its social action programs.
Awards ceremony: Saturday, December 19, 2015 14:00 to 14:50 (entry from 13：30）
Gathering: Saturday, December 19, 2015 15:00 to 16:00
Cosmo Hall, Tokyo Dai-ichi Hotel Matsuyama 6-16 Minamihoribatacho, Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, 790-0006
110 (Award recipients: 34, Accompanying persons: 73)
14:00 Opening address
Speech from organizer, the Ehime Shimbun Co., Ltd, (speech given by Mr. Toshiro Imai, Member of the Board and Director-General of Sales)
Presenting of awards
Special Prizes, Excellence Prizes, and Honorable Mentions presented by Tetsuya Tanigawa,
Member of the Board and Director-General of Sales, The Ehime Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Top Prize (Taiyo Oil SOLATO Prize for Best Overall Report) presented by Shinji Nakayama,
Chief of General Affairs Department, Taiyo Oil Co., Ltd.
Reading of winning report and winner’s speech given by Kohei Yamamoto, a fifth grade student at Matsuyama Yugun Elementary School
Critique provided by Mr. Kazunao Miura, Dean, Faculty of Education, Ehime University
14:50 Closing address
15:00 Speech by Shinji Nakayama, Chief of General Affairs Department, Taiyo Oil Co., Ltd.
15:25 Quiz session
16:00 Closing address