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UB Confucius Institute Presents Awards for Excellence in Chinese Language Learning

Western New York Secondary School Students Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments

For immediate release
May 12, 2020

Buffalo, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute has awarded 11 secondary school students from Erie and Niagara Counties with the 2020 Award for Excellence in Chinese Language Learning. The awardees were selected based on their consistently high level of proficiency in Chinese and enthusiasm for learning about Chinese language and culture. Seven awardees study at schools with Confucius Institute guest teachers from China.

The winners of the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Chinese Language Learning are:

Lay Aye Nichols School
Sayo Beck City Honors School
Olivia Castiglia Nichols School
Liam Dell City Honors School
Elijah Kahn Lewiston Porter High School
Justin Maloney St. Benedict School
Richard Henry Neil Canisius High School
Angelina Olivera Lewiston Porter Middle School
Plu Reh St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute
Madeline Mae Sliwinski Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
Caroline Su Williamsville East High School


Each awardee received a $100 e-gift card from Barnes and Noble and a certificate of accomplishment. The Confucius Institute plans to recognize the awardees in person at the 2021 Chinese New Year celebration at UB or a similar event in the 2020-21 school year.

The UB Confucius Institute supports Chinese language teaching at UB and in local K-12 schools, China-related research, teaching and artistic production at UB, and community cultural events that foster a better understanding of Chinese traditions and contemporary culture. Among its programs, the Institute helps to place language teachers from China in schools throughout Erie and Niagara Counties. Currently, the Confucius Institute sponsors seven guest teachers in K-12 schools and two visiting professors at UB.

For more information about the Confucius Institute, email, visit, or call 716-645-9090.