Angie has yen for excellence

Japanese language student Angie Sunanwong with Japanese consul Hideki Sakamoto, German language student Dujinthan Jayabalan with German consul Angelika Bruss and (right) Chinese language student Jaehee Kim. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d405131
Japanese language student Angie Sunanwong with Japanese consul Hideki Sakamoto, German language student Dujinthan Jayabalan with German consul Angelika Bruss and (right) Chinese language student Jaehee Kim. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d405131

Angie came second in the world for Japanese, and first in Australia, out of 225,000 students worldwide.

The Year 9 student was competing late into the night during the 10-day online championship to stay placed among the top 10.

‘I went on without sleep because it’s so competitive. Late nights are a must if you want to stay in the top 10.’

‘I had this goal since last year when I saw Jaehee (fellow student) win and thought that was something I’d like to do,’ she said.

‘We all just want that one award, and I’m so happy it was me.’

Angie said her dad did not mind her staying up late but her mum was concerned that she was only sleeping for two hours most nights.

‘It didn’t affect my grades, I just kept working through it all,’ she said.

Angie has been learning Japanese since she was 10, and started studying intensively in Year 7 because of her love of Japanese video games, anime and manga.

Fellow Rossmoyne Senior High School students Dujinthan Jayabalan and Jaehee Kim also received an Elite award, placing them in the top 0.3 per cent.