Palmetto Senior students swept the awards at the 2016 Florida Statewide Japanese Speech and Skit Contest sponsored by the Association of Florida Teachers of Japanese on May 19. Linda Liang won both Best High School Student and the Level 1 High School Speech category; in Level 2 High School Speech Malik Hall placed first and Thomas Whiting placed second, in Level 3 High School Speech Reed McMaster placed first and John Gray placed second. In addition, John Gray and Joseph Chomiak won first place in the High School Skit Category. Miami Palmetto Senior is the only traditional neighborhood high school in Miami-Dade to offer Japanese language instruction, and coursework is available through AP Japanese. From left: Thomas Whiting, Linda Liang, John Gray, Reed McMaster and Malik Hall.