On April 28, the finals for the 9th Annual Chinese Language Speech and Writing Contests were held at Hunt Library. Since 2010, the Confucius Institute has welcomed over 3,200 participants in North Carolina to compete in this contest.
This year the competition had 723 participants, with 50 finalists chosen for the final speech competition. The competing students were divided into Immersion and Non-Immersion categories to best assess their language abilities, as Chinese dual immersion programs are increasing in North Carolina.
The speech contest had 441 contestants, from 34 different schools and organizations, 11 cities, and 11 counties in North Carolina (Cabarrus, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Orange, Polk, Randolph, Union, and Wake).
The writing contest had 282 contestants register from 30 different schools and organizations, 12 cities, and 11 counties in North Carolina (Cabarrus, Cumberland, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Orange, Union and Wake).
On the day of the speech finals, five judges graded finalists on a memorized speech, impromptu speech, and an optional talent showcase. During the talent showcase, contestants demonstrated skills in Chinese calligraphy, flute performances, Diabolo (Chinese yoyo), cross talk and Chinese songs.
Prizes went to 27 contestants at the final competition. Twelve “Excellent Organizations” were also honored for their outstanding contributions to the contest.
The contest meets the Confucius Institute’s goal of extension and engagement with the North Carolina community. It also provides a platform for students to showcase their language ability and connects them with resources to provide continued global engagement.
The World Journal and China Press covered this event. The Interpreting and Translation Studies graduate program at Wake Forest University offered simultaneous interpretation for audience members to better understand the contest.
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