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IIUP Chinese Language Student Wins Eastern U.S. Chinese Proficiency Competition

Jazminn Jones, a student in a Chinese 202 class at IUP, won third place in the Senior Level Group at the third annual Eastern U.S. Chinese Proficiency Competition, held April 7, 2012, at Pace University in New York City.

After the competition, Jones was interviewed by Voice of America (VOA). Her picture and part of the interview can be viewed at the VOA Chinese website.

Jones came in third, with the first-place prize going to a student from Princeton University. Eighty students from 23 universities in the Eastern U.S. region participated. This was the first time IUP students attended this annual contest.

All of the finalists were qualified to apply for a scholarship to study in China, awarded by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. The finalists were chosen from preliminary contests held at various places in the Eastern U.S. Three students, including Jones from IUP, attended the preliminary contest hosted by Saint Vincent College on March 24. The competition includes two sections: Chinese speech (two minutes for junior level, three minutes for senior level), and a Chinese cultural talents show (e.g., Chinese painting, calligraphy, songs, dancing, and martial arts.)

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