2022 Why Learn Languages Competition


An essay (400-800 words) on this prompt:

"What has brought you to wanting to learn ______ (culture, history, language, etc.)?

Students may finish the prompt by adding their target language. For example, using the question of "What has brought you to wanting to learn French?", or "What has brought you to wanting to learn Chinese?"

This may also be a video of a student or a student group singing a song in the target language with a minimum length of 1 minute.


- Limit of 1 entry per contestant 

- The work should be completely original and presented in either English or targeted language

- Contestants will be judged by certified teachers and professionals looking for superior ideas, messages, and content.

- If a song is chosen, the song does not have to be original. Songs that are translated from English are allowed, and judges will select winners based off of the contestant's creativity, singing, and language performance. There is no limit to the number of participants in a group. The backing tracks must be instrumental only, and videos with inappropriate content (language, gestures, or subject matter) will disqualify you from the competition. Subtitles are not required but recommended.


Option 1:

Fill out the registration form HERE and enter a shareable URL link that does not require judges to sign into. Save your file with the name WLL2022_Category plus your name (first name and last name).

For example: WLL2022_Essay_Erika_Williams

Option 2:

Upload your file to the registration form HERE with a Gmail account.

APRIL 17TH, 2022


1st place: $100 (1 winner)

2nd place: $80 (3 winners)

3rd place: $50 (5 winners)

Finalists (top 10%):

Certificate of Excellence 

The winners of the competition will be notified at the end of April 2022. The virtual award ceremony will be held in May 2022.


Congratulations to the finalists!

Essay (in the order submission was received): 

Madhav Dhiman (Odle Middle School)     

Natalie Mumford  (W F West High School)  

Sonja Cassel (Bothell High School)         

Shreyas Kolwalkar (Maywood Middle School)      

Jonathan Tyshler (Bellevue High School)   

Ishita Vig (Beaver Lake Middle School)    

Natalee Hopkins (Cascade High School)    

Ben Moran (Cheney High School)            

Jack O'Connell (Liberty High School)       

Yumeji Tomeoka (Mount Vernon High School)     

Alessandra Azure (Newport High School)  

Caitlin Kohnen (Sammamish High School)           

Evnit Kaur (Cascade High School)    

London Bugarin (Cascade High School)    

Aishwarya Agrawal (Odle Middle School)               

Mehak Grover (Odle Middle School)         


Song (in the order submission was received) 

Evelynn Starkey (Issaquah High School) 

Nova Bright (Lynnwood High School)       

Helena Hernandez Palacio and Olivia Fernandez Mommer (Tillicum Middle School)  

Michelle Kim (Tillicum Middle School) 

MacKenzie Wilmot-Wade (Issaquah High School) 

Nasya Sudarman (Odle Middle School) 

Paisley Smurthwaite (Mason Middle School) 

Jack Burns (Mason Middle School) 

Breonna Hosmann (W.F West Highschool) 

Hayden Smith (W.F West Highschool) 

Jenna Smith (W.F West Highschool) 

Caitlin Kuo, Sara Lao, Lilia Pearson Maas (Edmonds-Woodway High School) 

Advika Balaji (Issaquah High School) 

Guinevere Chrzan (W.F West Highschool) 

We have notified all finalists. If you do not see an email from info@whylearnlanguages.org in your Inbox, our email may have mistakenly been sent to your spam folder. We ask that you add us to your trusted list of senders, contacts, or address book.

We would like to invite you to attend our virtual award ceremony at 7:30 PM Friday, May 20, 2022. Please join our honored guests, outstanding educators, and passionate students to celebrate and connect! There will also be a raffle and exciting news about more student events in the remainder of 2022.

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Meeting ID: 833 5232 0225

Passcode: WLL