SUMMIT, NJ - Two Summit residents -- Zoe Pappas and Madeline Vance -- are part the inaugural group of graduating students to take Chinese language classes since sixth grade at Kent Place School (KPS).

The Chinese language program at KPS began in 2009, after two years of research by World Language Department Chair Katharine MacCornack and then Kent Place Director of Studies Gayle Allen. Since Kent Place has a Global Learning program, and French and Spanish were already offered, MacCornack and Allen thought it would be beneficial for students to have the opportunity to learn an Asian language as well.

After interviewing more than 30 schools about their Chinese language programs, they, along with Director of the Middle School Karen Rezach, decided students would have the opportunity to begin Chinese studies in sixth grade.

In addition to the Summit duo of Pappas and Vance, the group included Ivanka Bhambhani (Union), Sarah Chin (Westfield), Isabelle Donatelli (Montclair), and Sarah Pavlak (Watchung).