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Students Earn Chinese Program Awards

May 23, 2017 -- Three Heights High students won scholarships to attend a two-week summer camp in China through a contest sponsored  by the Chinese Government in partnership with U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge.

Other Heights High and Roxboro Middle School students won awards at the 2017 Ohio K-12 Chinese Speech and Essay Contest in April.

All of the awards are sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the Cleveland State University.

Furthermore, nine Roxboro Middle School students and 10 Heights High School Chinese language students won awards in the Chinese speech and essay contest. Each participant selected a topic for their speech and answered questions from the judges following their presentation.This summer, juniors Kamara Cooper, Alicia Lassiter and La'shaun Morrow will travel to China’s capital city, Beijing, and the city of Yunnan in southwest China. They will visit historic and cultural sites and take Chinese language and culture classes.

Chinese summer camp winners

Three juniors who will visit China this summer for an educational summer camp: Alicia Lassiter, La'Shawn Morrow and Kamera Cooper, L-R. Shu Hui Lin is the Heights High Chinese teacher, R.

Shu Hui Lin is the Heights High Chinese Language teacher and
Kuei-Fang Tai is the Roxboro Middle School Chinese Language teacher.

“They used their own time and stayed after school to prepare their speech,” Ms. Tai said of her students. “Their diligence is the key to their success.”

She also recognized the parents of the students for attending the event and supporting their students’ Chinese instruction.

Each middle school essay entry was written in Chinese characters by hand and contained between 100-500 characters for the topic they chose. Ashton Everette, DiAvian DeClouet and Emma Vail won second place and Katrina Palmer won third place in the middle school group. William Benham and Lukas Chew were awarded an honorable mention. Tait Manning, Charlie King and Kenji Sakaie earned the award of excellence.

Heights High Essay Contest Winners

Second Place Award

Alexa M Solomon 

Third Place Award

Georgina Jolivette, 10th grade

Alicia Lassiter, 11th grade

Honorable Mention

Abra Lisowski, 9th

Ava Collyer, 9th

Jonah May, 9th

Glennis Covault, 10th

Sylvie Crowell, 10th

Award of Excellence

Tracy Kongai, 12th

Eric Napoleon Jr, 10th

Heights High Chinese speech and essay contest winners with teacher

Roxboro Middle School Speech Winners

Level 2

Emma Vail (8th grade), 2nd place, favorite vacation

Lukas Chew (8th grade), 3rd place, my family

Charlie King, Honorable Mention, (8th grade), favorite pet

Tait Manning, Honorable Mention, (8th grade), my family

William Benham, Honorable Mention, (8th grade), my family

Level 1

Ashton Everette (7th grade), 2nd place, my experience learning Chinese

Kenji Sakaie (6th grade), Honorable Mention, my experience learning Chinese

Rox Mid Chinese essay and speech winners with teacher

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