2013 US High School Student Chinese Bridge Speech Contest to be Held on April 7 at UMass Boston

By David Li, bostonese.com

Boston, April 2, 2013 — The 2013 National High School Student Chinese Bridge Chinese Speech Contest will take place this coming Sunday at UMass Boston from 11:30am-5:00pm. Twenty-four talented high school students from across US will compete in this year’s contest.

Photo slideshow from Chinese Bridge Chinese Speech Contest in 2012 at UMass Boston.

Ms. Annie C. Ku (HeadJudge)
Chair of the Chinese Department at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts; CLASS board member.
Ms. Yuanchao Meng
Chinese teacher at Newton Oak Hill Middle School, Massachusetts;
Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) Speech Contest Liaison.
Mr. Qinghui Luo
College Board Chinese Guest Teacher (Hanban, China);
Parish Hill Middle/ High School, Connecticut.
Dr. Wenjun Kuai
Chinese teacher of Modern and Classical Language Department at Concord Academy, Massachusetts.
Ms. Lili Pan
Chinese teacher at Lexington High School, Massachusetts.

This year’s contest is the 8th annual national contest hosted UMass Boston and will showcase the extraordinary skills and talents of these high school students in Chinese language and culture. The contest is sponsored by The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), and co-sponsored by The University of Massachusetts Confucius Institute at Boston and The Chinese Language Association of Secondary Elementary Schools(CLASS).


  • Six beginners level students from CT, ME, OH, CA, NJ, VT.
  • Nine intermediate level students from MA, Washington D.C., VA, MI, RI (also include several states of beginners level).
  • Nine advanced level students from UT, NY (also include several states of beginners and intermediate levels).

“In total, this year, we received more than 60 applications from 14 different states, and 24 contestants from 22 different schools have been selected to the finals,” said Yi Sun of UMass Boston.

According to handouts, the theme of the speech is “Chinese… Anytime, Anywhere!” Students are free to develop the content based on their own language learning and life experiences. The speech time must be four minutes or less in length. During the onsite contest, four or five questions based on the delivered content will be asked immediately following the speech.

The contest is open to public. If you are interested in watching the contest, please call (617)287-7291 or visit Confucius Institute at UMass Boston’s website: www.umb.edu/confucius.