Thursday, October 22, 2020

Carroll Student Places High in Chinese Contest

CHS_AmandaBeeckCarroll ISD’s Mandarin Chinese program continues to grow as students compete and earn academic awards for their knowledge of the language and culture. Each year, the students participate in the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition.

The Preliminary Contest in the Southern United States was held Sunday, April 26 at the University of Texas at Dallas. Carroll junior Amanda Beeck won second place. Beeck is a Chinese 3 student, under the instruction of Yuhsin Lee.

Beeck competed against contestants from 10 other states in the southern U.S. region. She delivered a 2-minute Chinese speech, answered culture questions and performed a Chinese talent. Beeck’s teacher, Mrs. Lee said many judges personally came up to Amanda to congratulate her.

The Chinese Bridge Competition began as a proficiency contest for college students. This is the eighth year the contest has been offered to high school students. Click here for more information about last weekend’s contest.

Vote for Carroll Contestants in Chinese Student Music Video

Carroll ISD Chinese program students need your help to win an international music video contest. Students produced a 3-minute video called 白龙马  (Bai Long Ma, White Dragon Horse) as an entry to the WorldWide Online Spring Festival Gala Contest.

The video is about White Dragon Horse, who used to be a white dragon but was put under a spell and became a horse to serve Monk Tang in retrieving the first Buddhist mantra from India for China.

Viewers can vote for the Carroll ISD contest entry now through February, 28. Click here to be redirected to the voting site. Voters will need to create an account before they can vote. Detailed voting instructions are available here.

Current, Former Dragons Win Chinese Competition

Results for this year’s World Chinese Bridge Competition are in and this year, Carroll Senior Neha Jain and Carroll graduate Drew Korschun won first place as a team. Both students also received second-place individual awards. The team took eighth place in internet popularity voting. Both students also won full scholarship to study in China for a year — including tuition, air fare, accommodation and the Chinese Bridge ambassador title.

The week-long World Chinese Bridge Competition is held in Kunming, China. Students compete in a written test on Chinese language and culture, speech, Chinese talent performance, and impromptu Chinese cultural tasks. Winners were selected based on three categories: individual performance, team performance and online popularity.

The competition was broadcast on CCTV4 (Central China Television Station 4.)