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Steven Hall of Nichols School Receives Award in Chinese Speech Competition

Chinese Bridge awardee Steven Hall of Nichols School, center, with Chinese friends in Wuhan, China.


September 3, 2020

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute is pleased to announce that Steven J. Hall, a student at Nichols School in Buffalo, New York, received the Excellence Award (3rd place) for his participation in the 13th annual “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for High School Students, Eastern U.S. Region. In 2020, the competition was held remotely, with student contestants required to submit one video of a Chinese speech and a second video of a Chinese performance.

Steven is a senior at Nichols, where he has taken Chinese for seven years with teachers Rong Yan and Yajie Zhang. Steven was nominated for the competition by Mrs. Zhang on the basis of Nichols’ affiliation with the UB Confucius Institute.

Steven’s speech focused on explaining how the world is one global family, with all members helping each other in times of need. For the talent video, Steven sang “思念”, a song by Mao Amin, which tells the story of friends yearning to see each other after a long time apart. The song was chosen because of familiarity and Steven’s connection with friends in Wuhan, China.

Steven’s goal in taking Chinese is to further connect himself with the world by learning some of its most widely-spoken languages. He also wants to apply his Chinese language skills in his future career. He said, “The best way to learn about something is to fully immerse yourself in it: language, culture, and everything in between.”

The Eastern Regionals of the Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition was organized in summer 2020 by the Education Office of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York.