Summit CDS eighth graders win second place in multi-state Chinese competition

students wearing Chinese opera masks


Nine students who are studying Chinese at The Summit Country Day School’s Harold C. Schott Middle School won second place in the 2020 Great Lakes Chinese Consortium Speech and Talent Video Competition. 

The students are among more than 100 entrants from eight states who submitted works. The Summit students recited a Chinese rhyme and presented masks they designed in the style of Peking Opera masks in a video submission. Students will receive a trophy and $30 gift certificate. 

The students are eighth graders Kwadwo Karikari, Monroe; Heidi Crowther, Hyde Park; Colin Koran, Anderson Township; Esme Gonyo, Hyde Park; Carleigh Gottenbusch, Anderson Township; Alaric Jones, Norwood; Nia Neal, Sharonville; Annabelle Scholtman, Hyde Park, and Diego Schurmann, Hyde Park.  

Students at The Summit are able to study Mandarin Chinese as early as the seventh grade from native-speaking Chinese teacher Bonnie Pang. Chinese is part of The Summit’s signature World Language Program which begins with an introduction to Spanish at 18 months. French or Spanish is taught every year through fifth grade. Sixth graders study Latin as they continue their studies in Spanish or French. In grades 7-12, students choose to study French, Spanish, Latin or Mandarin Chinese as a core course.