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High school students participate in Confucius Institute program in China

Since 2011, the Confucius Institute at WKU has given high school students the opportunity to go to China. In previous years, the CI at WKU partnered with Hanban/Confucius Institute’s China High School Summer Bridge Program and sent more than 75 students to China. Last year’s program was the final one organized and sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Having developed such rich partnerships with local high schools throughout the state, it was imperative for the CI at WKU to develop and host its own high school China program.

On June 13, 20 individuals led by Sonya Gray (WKU) and Shi Wei (Trinity High School, Louisville) arrived in Beijing.

The student group included Aryelle Nicole Carter, Zaria R. Spurling, Amani Waleza Ngoy, Mariah Shiann Gray, Halley Michelle Thomas-Turner, Hannah Michelle Thomas-Turner, N’Yana Ruqayah Alfred and Eryne Elyse Johnson, all of Bowling Green; Christian Sincere Page of Caverna; Victoria Elizabeth Russ and Benjamin Colin Hosclaw, both of Meade County; Ericka Shontae Martin, Aaron Jacob Reily and Miles Wesley Tarullo, all of Louisville; and James Matthew Cliburn of Cloverport.

The faculty group included Holly Ann McGuire, Jorge Enrique Serrano and Leonor Cortes Rueda, all of Trinity High School in Louisville.

While in Beijing, they stayed on the campus of North China Electric Power University. Led by Wu Chunqing, the students were thrust into learning the Chinese language, characters, calligraphy, and did some sightseeing. The Beijing portion was capped off with the YCT test, which is aimed at determining the level of proficiency in the Chinese language.

On June 22, the students traveled via high-speed rail to Taiyuan in the Shanxi Province of China. There they interacted with students from the high school affiliated with the Shanxi University. Then they drove four hours north to Heng Mountains. The students had more study time and sightseeing before returning home on June 26.

This is an important program for the CI at WKU, which plans to continue offering the program to high school students in Kentucky. Planning is under way for 2017, so if you or someone you know is interested in sending a high school student to China, contact Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530, (270) 792-9330 or terrill.martin@wku.edu.

About the Confucius Institute: The CI at WKU is a conduit of all that is China. These partnerships are far reaching that will not only create or advance research opportunities for faculty/staff, but offer research and internship opportunities for WKU students. Anyone interested in partnering with us or interested in creating programs, contact Chunmei Guan at (270) 745-2836 or Terrill Martin at (270) 745-2530.

Contact: Terrill Martin, (270) 745-2530

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