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Background

More than 10 years ago, at a corner of a Bellevue middle school cafeteria, a few parents of Chinese Americans after dropping off their kids to the Saturday Chinese language porgam, often sit together and brainstormed on how to bridge cultural gaps for young generations. As the result, CE was born in 2000 and started offering Greater Seattle area teachers a 2-weeks long summer trip each year to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. As we established into an independent non-profit organization in 2008, we also expanded our efforts to other activity in a hope to promote a better understanding of Chinese culture and language.


Today we are happy to announce our sixth annual Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition with Qualification Events for “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition. All K-12 students in this state from public and private schools as well as students from Chinese heritage schools and home tutoring institutes are welcome to participate. We hope this event will provide a venue where students with diverse cultural background can come together to share their knowledge and experience.

Objective
  • To acknowledge and reward the achievements of the students and teachers in learning Chinese.
  • To provide a positive venue for students with diverse backgrounds to come together and share knowledge of Chinese culture and Chinese learning experience.
  • To select qualified candidates for the “Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students” Preliminary.
Competition Levels & Categories

We divide the Chinese Talent Competition into following grade levels:


Lower Elementary (Grades K-2) 小学低年级组

Upper Elementary (Grades 3-5) 小学中高年级组

Middle School (Grades 6-8) 初中组

High School (Grades 9-12) 高中组


Here is a list of the availabe competitions:


Group Poetry Recitation 團體詩詞朗誦

Individual Poetry Recitation 個人詩詞朗誦

Group Talent Show 團體才藝競賽

Individual Talent Show 個人才藝競賽

Group Chinese Singing 團體歌唱比賽

Individual Chinese Singing 個人歌唱比賽

Language Art 口语才艺竟赛

Story Telling 說故事

Public Speaking 演講

Drawing 繪畫比賽

Chinese Chess 象棋

China Knowledge Bowl 中國常識競答

Chinese Bridge 汉语桥中学生中文比赛


Awards

All contestants can pick up a commemorate gift at the assignment center on the same day for their participation in the competition. The top three in each competition will receive scholarships ($50 for individual contestants and $100 for team contestants) and awards from the World Languages Division of the OSPI.


In addition, each of the top three winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Qualifying Tournament will receive a trophy, and each of the top two will receive a full scholarship to participate in the Chinese Bridge Competition Preliminary in California .


The awards ceremony will be held at the auditorium of the Chief Sealth International High School at 2:30 pm on the day of the competition. Families and friends in the community are welcome to attend the awards ceremony.