Confucius Institute at SF State Supports 2018 Chinese Bridge—San Francisco Regional Contest for College and High School Students

[Source]    Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University [Time]    2018-06-07 11:03:56 

2018 Chinese Bridge—San Francisco Regional Contest for College/High School Students was successfully held at Consulate General of P. R. China in San Francisco on May 13th. 9 college participants and 5 high school students from 6 different Confucius Institutes in Northwestern U.S. joined the competition. As one of supporting institutions for Chinese Bridge Contest, the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (SF State) helped with the scheduling, logistics, competition, communication with students and teachers, volunteers, and providing Master of Ceremony, photographer, film making and sound system control. We recommend 2 college students and 2 high school students to compete with the contestants from other CIs.

Chinese Director Liping Feng as MC for the Competition

The competition was a golden opportunity for all contestants recommended by Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms from SF State, UC-Davis, Portland State University, University of Oregon, the State of Washington, and University of Alaska-Anchorage to demonstrate then Chinese language proficiency and present their knowledge about China and Chinese cultural skills. To help the organizer prepare for the competition, Confucius Institute at SF State assisted in sharing experiences and offering suggestions on event scheduling and planning the annual regional Chinese Bridge Competition. All CI faculty and volunteer students got involved in all aspects, designing competition question data base, making rubrics for the three sections of the contest and scoring forms, designing a special background PowerPoint for the event and all related services to ensure the regional competition came to a successful conclusion. Mr. Yang Jun, Education Counselor of Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, highly praised the Confucius Institute for the cooperation and contributions to the contest.

Participating Students from CI at SF State(1)

Participating Students from CI at SF State(2)

Participating Students from CI at SF State(3)

Participating Students from CI at SF State(4)

CI at SF State recommended two college students and two high school students to compete in the contest, showing their advanced level of Chinese language and cultural knowledge. Kira Kondratkova made her speech on her living experience in Tianjin, China and enjoying Baozi, a special local taste in the city. Harsimran Bhandal shared his story about living with two Chinese roommates and the moving moment they had. For two high school students, Sophia Rowe began her speech with a story of the Tree of Pipa, a kind of Chinese fruit tree, and her feelings about Chinese learning. Karthik Guruvayurappan introduced his life with his Chinese friends. In the talent show part, Kira made a great performance of a famous song from Turandot and earned a huge applause. Harsimran played flute solo for a Chinese song. Sophia Rowe sang a song written by her herself with the help of her Chinese friend. Karthik presented powerful Kungfu movements to all audience.

Award Presentation(1)

Award Presentation(2)

No pains, no gains. With the great enthusiasm, passion and concentration of the four participants and their Chinese language teachers, their performance outcomes reflected their hardworking on the language learning and practice, great and remarkable achievements enabled them to be awarded by the five professional judges. Kira Kondratkova got the first place in the group of college students. Sophia Rowe got the second place in high school students group. Both Kira and Sophia got the chance to visit China sponsored by Hanban. Confucius Institute at SF State will continuously support the top winners for their trip to China for competition and observation of the final contest in China, and hope that they will make great accomplishments.

Group Photo

Kaylee Doty Won World Team-Champion in 10th Chinese Bridge Competition 2018

Confucius Institute at SF State has a remarkable history of recommending and supporting excellent students to join the Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Final Competition in China. In 2017, college student Jay Gonzalez and high school student Kaylee Doty recommended by CI at SF State got great awards in the final competition. Jay got Top 10 in the college group and Kaylee Doty got the world team champion. The Confucius Institute played a very important role in promoting Chinese language and culture education on campus and in communities through all programs, such as Chinese Bridge Competition.