Local Students Win Big at Chinese Language Competition

Here are the results from the competition on Sunday.

Several local students competed for a second year of the Chinese Language and Talent Competition at Chief Sealth International High School in Seattle on Sunday, March 25.

Under the direction of Heidi Steele, who teaches Chinese at and High Schools, the students shined in multiple categories, including public speaking, calligraphy and even chess!  

Here are the results:

Peninsula High School: 

1) First in Group Poetry Recitation for High School Students (Emily Tomczak, Sean Ferrell-Wyman, Elisa Han, Ellie Combs, and Mackenzie Brooks)

2) Second in Drawing for High School Students (Elisa Han)


Gig Harbor High School:

1) First in Public Speaking for Non-Heritage Learners (Jack Chakerian*) 

(Wolfgang Beck took first place last year.)

2) First in Chinese Knowledge Bowl (Jack Chakerian, Wolfgang Beck, Brian Uehlin, and Emily Shea)

(This same group of students took first place last year.)

*Jack Chakerian was selected to be one of four MCs for the Awards Ceremony. The other three students were all Chinese or had grown up in China.



1) First in Chinese Chess: Jonathan Feng

2) Second in Chinese Chess: Irvin Yi

3) First in Chinese Calligraphy: Franklin Feng

4) Second in Chinese Calligraphy: Jonathan Feng


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