EDISON, NJ -- Stan DeLaurentiis of Plainfield, a senior at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison, is eager to test his skills at the upcoming Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition, a large-scale international contest sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters. The competition is being held in Kunming City of southwest China's Yunnan Province.

This event is well-known in cultural and educational exchanges worldwide and includes participants from all over the world showcasing their Chinese abilities. This edition of the competition has attracted over 200 participants from 96 countries across the five continents, including 14 countries who have joined in the competition for the first time. 

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity to take my Chinese skills to the highest level and experience a complete immersion in the language, surrounded by fellow students who share my same passion,” Stan said.

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Participants will compete with their oral speaking skills and Chinese art abilities to pass a series of selection tests, and finally contend to become champions in the individual and group categories. Winners will receive awards including scholarships to study in China provided by China's Confucius Institute Headquarters. 

Stan will be accompanied by Wardlaw+Hartridge Mandarin instructor Hua Liu on the two-week trip, which includes a variety of cultural exchange activities, sightseeing and the competition.

“As a Chinese language teacher, I feel so proud that we have such wonderful students who have a passion for the language and the culture,” Ms. Liu said. “Stan works extremely hard, especially to prepare for this competition. He’s going to compete with students from up to 100 countries.”

Stan and Ms. Liu will spend a few days in Beijing visiting China's Confucius Institute Headquarters and major cultural attractions such as The Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. They will travel to Kunming, Ms. Liu’s hometown, for the opening ceremony and three days of competition. They will also engage in exchange activities with families and experience the rich culture of China.

“This opportunity is truly once in a lifetime,” Stan said. “I would never have thought that I would be given such a wonderful experience to travel and test my Chinese skills in my senior year of high school. Now that I have been given it, I will be sure to take full advantage of it.”