County supervisors honor San Jose Japan Bowl champs

Lynbrook’s Japan Bowl champs

Students from Lynbrook High School were recognized June 3 by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for their prowess in the Japanese language.

Lybrook’s team earned two first-place rankings and one third place in the 32nd annual National Japan Bowl, held April 18-19 in Washington, DC. Each spring the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC welcomes 200 of the country’s top high school Japanese-language students to the nation’s capital for the competition.

This year’s competition marked the first time that three schools from the same county have ever swept the top three spots at one level. Lynbrook came out on top in the competition for students enrolled in second-year high school-level Japanese language class, followed by Palo Alto’s Gunn High School in second place and Cupertino High School in third.

The three local teams also made good showings in the level 3 competition for students enrolled in third-year Japanese language study and Level 4 for students enrolled in fourth- or fifth-year Japanese classes or in AP Japanese. Cupertino High was first at level 3, followed by Lynbrook in second and Gunn in fourth. Lynbrook led the pack at level 4, with Cupertino High second and Gunn in fourth.

Solo, duo acts

City Lights Theater Company is hosting a couple weekend performances: “Not a Genuine Black Man,” Brian Copeland’s acclaimed solo show, on June 15 and father-daughter songwriters Cory Cullinan and Riley Max on June 16.

Copeland’s show documents his experience growing up in one of the few Black families in San Leandro in the ’70s. The Father’s Day concert the following evening will showcase Cullinan’s experiences in the music industry, as well as Max’s next-generation sound.

Both shows are at 7 p.m. at City Lights Theater, 529 S. Second St. Tickets are $22-$37 at

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