Texas A&M Student Places First in the 12th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition

Date: 4/24/2013

April 21, Houston – Texas A&M University graduate student Rachel Cunningham placed first in the 12th Annual Chinese Bridge Proficiency Preliminary, outplacing fourteen participating university students from the eight states which compose the South United States Chinese Consular Division. 

The competition, which takes place each spring, was hosted by the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston.  As a result of her first place victory, Rachel will represent the Houston Consulate District at the quarterfinals for the Global Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, which will take place in China later this summer.  Every year there are thousands of students that compete in the preliminary competition, but each of the six Chinese consular districts in the United States can only send the first place victor to compete in the quarterfinals in China.
The Confucius Institute at Texas A&M selects and sends two students to participate in this competition each year and was integral in Rachel’s competition training and preparation. Rachel, a graduate student in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University, was enrolled in the intermediate conversational Chinese course with the Confucius Institute in the fall of 2012. 
As part of the competition, each participant must write a speech in Mandarin Chinese, demonstrate knowledge of Chinese culture, and demonstrate a talent that relates to Chinese culture.  Rachel demonstrated mastery and proficiency in Mandarin Chinese in her speech “Why I love China” and in her rendition of the Chinese song “The Silk Road”, which led to her victory and presentation of award from Consul General Xu Erwen.
This competition is one of many ways that the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M pursues its mission to strengthen language education and cultural awareness among Texas A&M students, faculty and staff.

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