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City Honors Student Theresa Noh Awarded Second Place in Chinese Art Contest

Theresa Noh's entry in the Great Lakes Chinese Consortium Art Contest depicting animals in the Chinese zodiac.

Theresa Noh’s winning entry in the Great Lakes Chinese Consortium 2021 Zodiac Art Contest

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) is pleased to announce that Theresa Noh, an 8th-grade student at City Honors School in Buffalo, New York, has won second place for her entry in the 2021 K-12 Chinese Zodiac Art Contest sponsored by the Great Lakes Chinese Consortium.

Theresa has been taking Chinese at City Honors for four years. Her Chinese language teacher, Qianwen Lu, said, “Theresa is an awesome artist with a great passion for learning Mandarin.”

The Great Lakes Chinese Consortium (GLCC), of which UBCI is a founding member, invited digital submissions of artwork from students across Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and Western New York. In all, 227 participants entered photos of their artwork, depicting this year’s Chinese zodiac animal, 牛, translated as the cow, ox, or bull.

Divisions were implemented based on grade level, with categories for Kindergarten through Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Judges for the contest represented all participating GLCC members, including the University at Buffalo, Cleveland State University, the University of Toledo, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, St. Cloud State University, Wayne State University, and the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

Art submissions were notably impressive this year. The event-registration process allowed contestants to upload digital submissions along with information about their artwork.

Theresa’s artwork, along with works by other contest winners, can be found on the Great Lakes Consortium website at

The GLCC was founded in the wake of the COVID pandemic to provide online opportunities for learning Chinese and to learn about Chinese culture. With face-to-face opportunities severely curtailed, the group of university and K-12 professionals pooled together talent and resources, providing online classes, presentations, Chinese HSK testing services, and events such as Chinese New Year galas, teacher workshops, speech and talent contests, the art contest, and an upcoming Chinese quiz bowl for middle and high school students. The GLCC website, which includes this year’s winning art pieces, can be found at