In November 2012, the Confucius Institute at WKU challenged all high schools that participate in the Hanban Chinese Teacher Program to enter the 2013 Chinese Poster Design Competition.
The aim was to spawn creativity among Kentucky high schools, and provide a creative way to express their “Knowledge of China (中国).” More than 100 posters submitted by the students at area schools.
The Confucius Institute provided Visa gift cards in the amount of $50 for all first-place winners and $20 for all second-place winners at each school. The winners are as follows (listed by school district):
Warren County schools (superintendent Tim Murley)
- South Warren High School: Anne Keaton, first; Summer Shepherd, second
- Greenwood High School: Amber Johnson, first; Brittany Thomas, second
- Warren East High School: Leah Armstrong, first; Dinah Jenkins, second
Logan County schools (superintendent Marshall Kemp)
- Logan County High School: Thailor Mize, first; Kayla Sumner, second
Meade County schools (superintendent Mitch Crump)
- Meade County High School: Bettelee Lambeth, first; Victoria Davis, second
Simpson County schools (superintendent James Flynn)
- Franklin-Simpson High School: Tracey Pedigo, first; Brittany McGee, second
Barren County schools (superintendent Bo Mathews)
- Barren County High School: Amy Winninger, first; Poynter Makaylar, second
Daviess County schools (superintendent Owen Saylor)
- Apollo High School: Keeley Rather, first; Sarah Allen, second
Breckinridge County schools (superintendent Janet Meeks)
- Breckinridge County High School: Lydia Ashley, first; Amanda Berry, second
Owensboro schools (superintendent Larry Vick)
- Owensboro High School: Brittany Hester, first; Michael Roby, second
Cloverport schools (superintendent John Millay)
- Frederick Fraize High School: Shae East, first; Chelsey McCoy, second
The Confucius Institute invited the WKU campus community to get involved by opening up a voting poll in which they assisted the CI with determining the “Grand Prize Winner.” The “Grand Prize Winner” receives a CI scholarship, which is an all-expenses paid trip to China this summer to attend the 2013 Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Program. The Chinese Bridge Program is the CI’s annual program specifically designed for high school students to travel to China, for a two-week excursion to various provinces. Typically, participants are responsible for paying for their own airfare, visa-processing fee, and WKU International Health Insurance, which totals an estimated $2,336, with all expenses paid while in China (spending money excluded).
After 780 votes were cast, the “Grand Prize Winner” of the 2013 Chinese Poster Design Competition and 2013 Confucius Institute Chinese Bridge Sponsorship was Amber Johnson of Greenwood High School (Chinese Teacher –Shana Ma).
Anyone interested in participating in the 2013 Chinese Summer Bridge Program should contact Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CI at WKU and Hanban, China’s Ministry of Education, work to promote understanding of the Chinese language and culture through children’s programming, training courses, cultural workshops and community events. Together, these organizations have introduced fully articulated K-16 instruction in Modern Standard Chinese into local school systems, serve as a regional center for Chinese teacher training and Chinese curriculum development, and build connections and partnerships between Kentucky and China.
Contact: Betty Yu, (270) 745-2836; or Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530.