MONTVILLE, NJ – For the second year in a row, Montville Township High School won the Championship title at the 10th Annual New Jersey Chinese Cultural Project Contest. The event was held on Saturday, April 16. This year’s contest was co-sponsored by Seton Hall University and the New Jersey Chinese Cultural Studies Foundation (NJCCSF).
The 2016 theme was: “Cultural Differences in Sports and Athletic Activities between China and America.” Sixteen New Jersey high school teams participated in the competition. Liping Meng, the MTHS Mandarin teacher and Chinese Honor Society advisor, organized and coached the Mustang’s winning team.
On the basis of extensive research, the Montville team designed and distributed questionnaires about cultural differences in the field of sports and athletic activities. In NJ the students conducted the survey in person. Via Internet and WeChat, the MTHS team also conducted the survey in California, mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The students drew conclusions based on the data collected. In the final competition, four students presented the research work in English and the rest of the team acted out different scenes in Chinese to back up the theme. The presentation concluded with a Chinese chanting stanza.
The MTHS Chinese Cultural Team is comprised of 12 Chinese Honor Society members: Vicky Han (team leader), Alice Li, Jeff Wu, Jeff Yang, Dana Murphy, Shad Yasin, Nicholas Awertschenko, Emily Liao, Nicolette Rubel, Jasper Lee, Eric Walker and Michael Tsai.
Additionally, students Alexsys Sohayda, Celia Tang, Christina Pan and Joy Liang helped the team draw pictures and prepare props.