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Confucius Educator Award Presented to City Honors Principal William A. Kresse

On September 30 in the UB Center for the Arts, the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) presented the Confucius Educator Award to Dr. William A. Kresse, PhD, principal of City Honors School in Buffalo. The award was presented to Dr. Kresse for his outstanding leadership in establishing and supporting one of the premier Chinese language programs in New York State.

Dr. Kresse receives his award from John Wood, Interim Vice Provost for International Education, also with UBCI director Zhiqiang Liu and Associate Director Bruce Acker.

Prior to the award presentation at the annual Confucius Institute Day Gala in the UB Center for the Arts, City Honors seniors Alexis Marshal and Eliot Solomon spoke about their goal of learning Chinese to help build bridges between Chinese and Americans and the long-term value of Chinese to their anticipated careers. They thanked Dr. Kresse for his outstanding leadership of the program and City Honors Chinese teachers Shue Zheng and Qianwen Lu for their excellent instruction and support.

An impressive 350 students at City Honors study Chinese each year, many of whom earn college credit for their Chinese courses in their junior and senior years in the school’s International Baccalaureate program.

In his remarks, Dr. Kresse acknowledged many others for their work in developing a strong Chinese language program. In particular, he gave great credit to teachers Shue Zheng and Qianwen Lu, and also acknowledged the important work of former assistant principal at City Honors Alicia Barinas, Buffalo School Board President Dr. Barbara Seals-Nevergold, former Superintendent James Williams and current Superintendent Kriner Cash, Associate Superintendent of School Leadership Sabatino Cimato, and Buffalo Supervisor of World Languages Pietro Mendola.

Dr. Kresse thanked UBCI for its support of the Chinese Program at City Honors, which was recently designated a Confucius Classroom. As a Confucius Classroom affiliated with UBCI, City Honors receives $10,000 annually to support the Chinese language program.

He concluded by saying, “The work of UBCI and UB’s greater commitment to bridging nations and peoples are more important than ever before. Appreciation of other cultures and understanding of our common humanity find themselves under siege these days. We cannot relent on this critical work that ultimately ensures greater prosperity and peace for all humans.”

Read additional information about the Confucius Institute Day gala here.