2011 Chinese Bridge Competition

College and high school students recently competed in a Chinese language competition complete with performances.


By Daylina Miller

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (March 28, 2011) – Every year, the Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) in China sponsors a competition to motivate students to enhance their language capabilities.


For the second year in a row, the University of South Florida hosted the Chinese Bridge Competition, featuring three USF students and high school students from the area. The competition, held last week, included giving a speech in Chinese, a cultural performance and a question and answer session.


The winner from the college and high school groups will advance to the regional competition held in Houston this coming April. The winners from that competition will be invited to compete on the international level this summer in China against winners from 70 other countries.


The judges and USF Confucius Institute director Kun Shi were impressed with the students’ performances. Sophomore Tina Danh was a first year Chinese language student and junior Marsha Louis and sophomore Dylan ,Parmenter were second and third year students.


“I’ve worked in a couple of universities and at this level, none of the other students performed this well,” Shi said.


The competition last year rocketed USF junior Victor Florez to stardom. He received a three-year scholarship to a university of his choosing in China.


According to USF World, “In the time that he has spent in China, Victor has hosted two shows on the China tourism channel, has been broadcast on several local shows and is having his story published by a local publisher.”


Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.