Highlights of Recent CI Programs: “Champions of the Americas” and More
December 4, 2018

The USF Confucius Institute has made significant contributions in recent years to K-16 Chinese language programs and cultural exchanges at USF and beyond. It hit a milestone this fall by sending two students to the annual international Chinese proficiency competition who won top awards “Champion of the Americas” (after their great performance at the local and regional competitions). This is the first time any American university has ever helped both college and high school students to achieve such titles.

First, the USF student (John Klumpp) won the title of “Champion of the Americas” at the competition for college students in August, when contestants from more than a hundred countries competed for Chinese proficiency and cultural talents in Changsha, China. (More in the report at http://global.usf.edu/wordpress/?p=5867&cat=31.)

In October, Lauren Teyke from Pine View School FL (which as a model Confucius Classroom) and Charlene Brzesowsky from The Hockaday School TX formed U.S. Team #2, and won the title of “Champions of the Americas” at the competition for high school students. More than two hundred contestants from all over the world competed for Chinese language proficiency and cultural talents in Kunming, China. (A report in Chinese by “World Journal” with video clips of performance is available at https://www.worldjournal.com/5959468/.)

The achievements of these students are the results of their hard work and support from their teachers and parents. And the USF-CI is proud to have played a supporting role.
Other highlights of recent CI programs include the following:

• The sixth annual summer camp to China during June 3-17 for 25 high school students from Florida schools. Thanks go to chaperones (Hongxia Zhang and John Winchester) and Qingdao University for making this summer camp another success!
• Annual Summer Workshop for K-12 teachers on June 26-27 co-sponsored by the USF Harn Museum of Art.
• Mid-Autumn Festival celebration with more than 800 participants from USF and the community, with free cultural performance and moon cakes.
• Research on the Flying Tigers and US-China collaboration during World War II.
• Continuous support to the Florida Chinese Teachers Association, including its teacher workshop in October and Teachers of the Year award.

More recent CI events are listed here.

John Klumpp with award - 2018 Champion for the Americas

Lauren Teyke and Charlene Brzesowsky won Champions of the Americas for High School Students

Sixth Summer Camp for Florida high school students to China

Harn Museum Teachers Workshop

Mid-Autumn Festival - with performing artists

Kun Shi Interviewed General Clark who served in China in WWII

CI support to FCTA teachers (at FFLA conference in October)

CI group at the USF International Festival

OLLI China SIG appreciation for the CI