Rika Mitrik speaking to preschoolers at the WEE Center in Rockville, Maryland.

Rika Mitrik Wins 2015–2016 ATA School Outreach Contest

Rika Mitrik, a Japanese<>English interpreter and ATA-certified English>Japanese translator, won a free registration to ATA’s 57th Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, through ATA’s School Outreach Contest.

Rika won the contest with a colorful photo taken during her visit to the WEE Center in Rockville, Maryland, where she spoke to preschoolers in the Japanese program about her profession.

“I shortened the material to fit their attention span, but the kids were very eager,” she says. Rika considered these children to be a perfect fit for a School Outreach presentation because they are all educated in a bilingual school and raised in a bilingual home environment.

Rika has given School Outreach presentations in the past, “not only because I value how the program is trying to educate the young, but also because I hope my daughters will learn to appreciate all the hard work needed to take their language skills to a useful level.”

Rika is thrilled to have won a free registration, especially since she was already planning on attending the conference in San Francisco. 

The 2016-2017 School Outreach Contest is now open! The winner will receive a free registration to ATA’s 58th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, October 25–28, 2017. For more information, visit www.atanet.org/ata_school/school_outreach_contest.php.


Molly Yurick is a Spanish>English translator specializing in the tourism, hospitality, and airline industries. She has worked as a medical interpreter in Minnesota and as a cultural ambassador for the Ministry of Education in Spain. She has a B.A. in Spanish and global studies and a certificate in medical interpreting from the University of Minnesota. She is currently living in northern Spain. Contact: molly@yuricktranslations.com.

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