KINGSTON NJ - YingHua International School (YHIS) elementary students Melanie Tan and Malana Young, both received 1st place for two different events at the 45th annual Association of Chinese Schools (ACS) conference.  The competition drew students of Chinese heritage from all over the northeast of America, from New England area to as far as Maryland and North Carolina.     

Ms. Young proudly brought home the 1st place prize for middle age student individual speech contest.  Ms. Young, 14 years old from Skillman, New Jersey was born into an English-speaking family with a diverse background.  Ms. Young started learning Chinese when she was four and joined YHIS, a Chinese-Immersion school, in second grade.  YingHua’s education has helped her learn to speak the language like a native.  To ensure her speech, “The secret of the statue”, was fluent with words pronounced clearly and smoothly, she practiced for weeks working closely with teachers at YingHua.    

Ms. Tan, sung the rendition of “My Dear Child” in Mandarin Chinese, winning 1st place for the middle age singing competition.  Ms. Tan, 8 years old from Metuchen, New Jersey who does not speak Chinese at home, has attended YHIS Chinese Immersion school since she was 2 years old and is fluent in both English and Chinese.  Ms. Tan has received her vocal coaching from Ms. Evelyn Zhang, head music instructor of YHIS. Ms. Tan delivered her song in perfectly accented Chinese.

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The ACS was founded by Professor Peter P.C. Chou and six schools in Philadelphia at 1974.  Today, the association has over 100 members schools with over 25 thousand students.  Students who have been selected to compete at the ACS had to qualify on a state level before being invited to compete in the ACS.  The competitions encourage students to show off their knowledge about Chinese culture and their language skills which is a vital mission of the ACS to effectively promote the Chinese culture and language into mainstream society for both future generations and those who are interested within the larger community.                 

YingHua International School is an English-Chinese Immersion School in the Princeton area. The school was established in 2007, and is the 3rd in the U.S. that offers International Baccalaureate-certified program with whole-school Chinese immersion to 2 years-old through grade 8. 

For more information about YingHua International School of Princeton, including its Summer Camp, Parent & Me classes, afterschool enrichment classes, pre-school, elementary school, and middle school, please call (609) 375-8015 or email info@yhis.org.