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West Hartford Student Wins Award in East Coast Region Chinese Speech Contest

Kathryn Dyson of West Hartford won second place in a recent Chinese speech contest. Photo credit: Lih-Ling Chern

Kathryn Dyson, a sophomore at West Hartford’s Hall High School, recently won second place at the regional conference.

Submitted by Lih-Ling Chern

Kathryn Dyson of West Hartford recently won the second place award at the Chinese speech contest at the 2017 East Coast Regional USA Association of Chinese Schools conference held in Hartford on the weekend of May 27.

Attended by hundreds of people from many Chinese language schools on the East Coast, the conference offered educational exchange opportunities. It also hosted contests for students to showcase their abilities in the Chinese language and cultural knowledge in topics including speech, poster design, multimedia presentation, cultural knowledge, yoyo, and singing. 

This year, Dr. Henry Lee, the world authority of forensic science, was one of the keynote speakers sharing his personal experience.

Currently attending 10th grade at Hall High School in West Hartford, Kathryn has studied Chinese at the Chinese Language School of Greater Hartford at Trinity College campus on Sundays since age 5. She was selected to represent the Chinese Language School of Greater Hartford to compete in the Chinese as a Second Language Senior Level Chinese speech contest. 

Kathryn clearly and eloquently delivered a self-written story about a happy and fun day spent in New York City with her best friend: “An Unforgettable Day in New York City.”

The competition was for students ages 13-18, and the students were judged on pronunciation, tone, content, stage manner and time control.

Kathryn recognizes the importance of learning Chinese as a second language and is thankful for the continuing support from the staff and teachers at the Chinese Language School of Greater Hartford. This summer, she is looking forward to a 6-week language camp in Taiwan to further her study.

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