A Palauan student was chosen as winner among the pool of participants from Japan and Palau who competed for the logo design contest for the 25th anniversary celebration of Palau and Japan’s diplomatic ties.

Risa Ulechong, a student of Mindszenty High School, was awarded during the 9th Japan Fair at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center on Sunday, February 17.

Ulechong’s design, which showed the two countries’ flags and national flowers and the years of their relationship, will be used as the official logo for the celebration of 25 years of friendship between the two countries.

In her speech, Ulechong expressed her gratitude to her Japanese language teacher, Sensei Yukio Yamagami, whom she said had encouraged their class to submit an entry for the competition. She also thanked her parents for supporting her hobby in drawing.

The Mindszenty High School, through its principal Donna Udui, had also presented a separate award to Ulechong on February 18.

Palau and Japan officially began their diplomatic relationship 25 years ago on November 2, 1994, a month after Palau declared its independence from the United States.

“Through this logo I hope to truly embody the friendship between Japan and Palau and I hope that this friendship last for a very long time,” Ulechong expressed in her awarding speech. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)