Essay Contest Winners
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Chinese Essay Contest. Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the winners!
Please note that due to UNC Charlotte’s current measures against COVID-19, the K-12 Speech Contest has been postponed until the fall. The College Speech Contest will be held virtually, with winners announced during the event.
The Confucius Institute would also like to recognize teachers Qiang Chen of Enloe High School and Trish Yu of Cary Academy for having the highest number of student submissions. Their dedication the Chinese language and culture is apparent in their students’ work, and we are honored to help these students continue to grow their interest in and study of China.
2020 Heritage Essay Contest Winners
|Heritage K – 5|
|1st Prize||Xuer Li||Charlotte Chinese Academy||Lei He|
|2nd Prize||Olivia Fang||Charlotte Chinese Academy|
|3rd Prize||Ethan He||Charlotte Chinese Academy||Lei He|
|Heritage 6 – 8|
|1st Prize||Aliya Ling||Charlotte Chinese Academy||Lei He|
|2nd Prize||Angela Li||Phillips Middle School||Jinhu Yang|
|3rd Prize||Christopher Lang||Phillips Middle School||Jinhu Yang|
|Heritage High School|
|1st Prize||Angela Chen||Enloe High School||Qiang Chen|
|2nd Prize||Andrew Huang||Enloe High School||Qiang Chen|
|2nd Prize||Ethan Fan||Enloe High School||Qiang Chen|
|3rd Prize||Shelly Han||Enloe High School||Qiang Chen|
|3rd Prize||Karen Zhu||Enloe High School||Qiang Chen|
2020 Non Heritage Essay Contest Winners
|K – 2 Immersion|
|Honorable Mention||Pearl McCarthy||International Montessori School||Li Wang|
|3 – 5 Immersion|
|1st Prize||Ethan Roesch||E.E. Waddell Language Academy||Yanghong Ye|
|2nd Prize||Amelia Carson||E.E. Waddell Language Academy||Erin Miao|
|3rd Prize||Noelle Carswell||E.E. Waddell Language Academy||Erin Miao|
|K – 5 |
|Honorable Mention||Lucas Koch||Charlotte Lab School||Sylvia Yang|
|6 – 8 |
|1st Prize||Sindhu Sureshkannan||Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy||Lisa Hu|
|2nd Prize||Ryan Clark||Cary Chinese School||Alan Xu|
|High School Novice|
|1st Prize||Hannah Hortman||Millbrook High School||William Jung|
|2nd Prize||Caden Gregorio||Enloe High School||Qian Cheng|
|High School Intermediate (Lower)|
|1st Prize||Jonathan Jesalva||Enloe High School||Qian Cheng|
|2nd Prize||Tharindu Fernando||Durham Academy||Bonnie Wang|
|3rd Prize||Sam Stage||Enloe High School||Qian Cheng|
|High School Intermediate (Upper)|
|1st Prize||Christopher Clark||Cary Chinese School||Tsing Yang|
|2nd Prize||Halden Levin||NCSSM||Hong Li|
|3rd Prize||Colin McKay||Durham Academy||Bonnie Wang|
|High School Advanced|
|1st Prize||Crystal Leung||Enloe High School||Qiang Chen|
|2nd Prize||Nica Kostenko||Cary Academy||Trish Yu|
|1st Prize||Lucas Humayun||Duke University||Yan Liu|
|2nd Prize||Emeka Okafor||NC State University||Runlei Zhai|
The Confucius Institute is excited to announce that summer camps will be returning in 2020, in conjunction with UNC Charlotte’s Continuing Education Department. These non-immersion, one-week camps are held on the UNC Charlotte main campus and will be led by Confucius Institute staff.
Two camps will be offered, one for grades 5 – 8 and one for grades 1 – 4. To learn more about the camps and how to register, please visit our Summer Camps tab.
Chinese Community Courses
The Confucius Institute at UNC Charlotte is proud to partner with UNCC Continuing Education to offer non-credit community-based Chinese language and culture courses to those who are interested in learning about China and Chinese society. All courses are taught by experienced teachers and/or native speakers of Chinese.
Please note that due to UNC Charlotte’s current policy regarding COVID-19, our March – May 2020 courses will be offered online.
Learn more by visiting our Courses & Workshops tab.
“The Introductory Chinese language courses given by the Confucius Institute at UNCC were fabulous! They were well organized and facilitated by encouraging teachers, who provided a lot of support to the students. Many people are afraid to learn Chinese and think that the process is too overwhelming but the Confucius teachers made it fun and engaging! They provided us with everything we needed: great resources, a warm learning environment, and quality online instruction that gave us lots of opportunities to practice speaking. This was a wonderful experience to begin learning one of the world’s most influential languages. Thank you Confucius Institute! 谢谢孔子学院！Xièxiè kǒngzǐ xuéyuàn!”
– Andrea J., Chinese Language Course Student
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is the fastest growing university in the 17-campus University of North Carolina System. It is also the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region.
Established in 1946, UNC Charlotte now enrolls more than 29,000 students on its 1,000-acre main campus in University City, in addition to its Center City campus located in uptown Charlotte and the Charlotte Research Institute Campus north of the main campus.
Leveraging our growing academic and industrial ties with China, UNC Charlotte is collaborating with our academic partner Shanxi University, located in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province to expand our connections to a wider range of teaching, research, and community activities both on campus and in the larger Charlotte metropolitan area.
Such activities would focus on language teaching and cultural exchange. In addition, the Confucius Institute would also support the exchange of ideas, the promotion of scholarship, and cooperation in research between the two academic institutions.
We take great pride in the cultural diversity and economic vitality of the city of Charlotte and also believe our students, faculty and community could be better served by this collaboration between the two institutions via Chinese language teaching, cross-cultural learning and other academic exchanges.
Through consultation with key partners, it has been shown that there is a pressing demand and overwhelming support for the UNC Charlotte Confucius Institute. The link between UNC Charlotte and Shanxi University can be developed and further strengthened through a Confucius Institute based in Charlotte that could produce larger benefits for both universities and their surrounding regions.