Korean interpreter Ji Eun Lee was named as the winner of ATA’s 2005 School Outreach Contest at the association’s annual conference in Seattle. During the Annual Meeting, School Outreach organizer Amanda Ennis presented Ji with a $295 voucher, covering 100% of her conference registration fee, along with an ATA Certificate of Recognition.
In the colorful winning photo- graph, shown here in black and white, Ji hands a marker to a first-grade student at the Friend’s Academy of Westampton in Westampton, New Jersey, while another student looks on. A Korean translator and interpreter who works in the areas of law, business, medicine, and technology, Ji is the owner of Korean Language Services, LLC, of Mount Holly, New Jersey.
She is also a driving force in ATA’s Korean Special Interest Group. Although Ji was a relative newcomer to school outreach at the elementary school level, she found the experience very rewarding. “The children were very attentive and enthusiastic about the topic,” she noted. “I’m really glad I went.”
Also recognized during the Annual Meeting was Linda Pollack- Johnson, who received an honorable mention for a photograph from her school outreach presentation to high school students at the American International School in Genoa, Italy, on June 16, 2005.
The readymade presentation material on ATA’s School Outreach website proved useful. “I spoke at the end of the last day of classes,” Linda said, “and I feared that the students’ minds would already be floating down to the lovely Mediterranean beach just below the school! To combat this inevitable distraction, I surfed to the ATA website and found wonderful handouts, visual aids, jokes, and invaluable pointers. The minutes flew by, and I only wish there had been more time.”
Although she had made several school outreach presentations in the past, Linda’s experience in Genoa was different. “I felt that I was in the presence of the future movers and shakers of Europe. These young people already spoke two, three, and four languages fluently and had traveled extensively, but the idea that translating and interpreting could be a lucrative profession was clearly new to them. It was as if someone had just told them they could get paid to breathe!”
Now back in the Philadelphia area after six months in Italy, Linda is energetically re-establishing her Italian-to- English translation and interpreting practice, which focuses primarily on medicine and the life sciences.
Both the first place and the honorable mention photographs were prominently displayed on posters in the ATA conference hotel along with a selection of other entries. ATA’s Public Relations Committee would like to thank all of the contestants, both for their photographs and for the enthusiastic accounts of their school outreach presentations that accompanied them. Future Chronicle articles will profile other 2005 contestants and highlight their school outreach experiences.
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