Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

Award Ceremony for Silicon Valley Chinese Star Contests Successfully Held

November 15, 2014

       The Award Ceremony for San Jose-Silicon Valley 1st Chinese Star Contests (K-12) was successfully held at Santa Clara County Office of Education on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Jointly organized by Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (CISFSU) and Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), the first Chinese Star Contests attracted 470 students from more than 100 local schools to showcase their talents in Chinese language and culture. 136 winners were recommended based on their performance, including 27 first place, 28 second place, 32 third place and 49 honorary mentions, which proved the success of local Chinese language programs and acknowledged the hard work of participating students.
       On behalf of the Organizing Committee, Jon R. Gundry, County Superintendent of Schools, SCCOE and Jiaxin Xie, Director of CISFSU welcomed representatives from government offices, school districts, local schools, winners and their parents, altogether over three hundred guests. Mr. Gundry congratulated the winners of the contests and expressed support for the future Chinese language education. Professor Xie spoke of special appreciation to the sponsorship of Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban and Education Office of Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco. He shared with exciting audience about the organizing efforts of the contest and expected more students participate in the contests next year.
       Education Counselor Mr. Jun Yang addressed the audience on behalf of Hanban and the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in San Francisco. He highly praised the collaboration between CISFSU and SCCOE, predicted further development of Chinese language program after the future ten-year visa policy.
       Cupertino City Mayor Gilbert Wong congratulated the winners and inspired the students with his own Chinese learning story. He encouraged students to keep on learning about Chinese language and culture for their future career development.
       The first San Jose Silicon Valley Chinese Star Contests for K-12 students proved to be a complete success for both students and parents, enhanced and strengthened the partnership between CISFSU and SCCOE, and offered a new platform to meet the surging demand for Chinese language instructions at all education levels in Silicon Valley.


 

Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

旧金山州大孔院在硅谷地区隆重举行首届中文之星大赛颁奖典礼

        美西时间2014年11月15日上午,旧金山州立大学孔子学院与圣塔克拉拉县教育局在圣荷塞隆重举行硅谷地区首届中小学生“中文之星”大赛颁奖典礼。中华人民共和国驻旧金山总领事馆教育参赞杨军,圣塔克拉拉县教育局总学监Jon R. Gundry,旧金山州立大学孔子学院院长谢家新及中方院长吴成年,库比蒂诺市华裔市长黄少雄 (Gilbert Wong) 及教育委员会华裔主席廖本荣,各学区代表,校长代表,大赛评委代表,家长及获奖学生共三百余人出席了颁奖典礼。


        首届“中文之星”比赛吸引了硅谷地区115所学校共计近500名学生参赛。经过紧张严格的评比,本着奖励优秀,鼓励参与的原则,遴选了一等奖27名,二等奖28名,三等奖32名及优胜奖49名共计136个奖项。充分肯定了本地区学生的中文水平及对中国文化的学习热忱。

        杨军参赞在致辞中高度赞扬了旧金山州立大学孔子学院与圣塔克拉拉县教育局的合作,对未来“中文之星”比赛的后续发展充满信心。Jon R. Gundry总学监代表学区表达了对“中文之星”比赛的大力支持,并指出中文项目的发展必将带动整个地区的双语教育水平。库比蒂诺市市长Gilbert Wong睿智幽默地以个人经历,勉励获奖学生继续努力学习中文和中国文化、成长为中英兼修的复合式人才。孔子学院谢家新院长高度评价了参赛学生的中文水平和学习中国文化的热情,殷切希望未来有更多的学生踊跃报名“中文之星”大赛。
        参会的家长及学区代表对大赛的成功举办赞不绝口,学生们纷纷积极表示来年将继续报名参加“中文之星”大赛。在领奖之后,参加典礼的学生热情地邀请组委会成员合影留念。首届“中文之星”大赛的成功已对两倍于旧金山市人口的圣荷塞硅谷地区的中文发展产生了积极的影响,是旧金山州立大学孔子学院项目推广的又一重大突破,将有益于进一步扩大中文教育在北加州地区的影响。

(旧金山州大孔院)