Upper Canada College Grade 11 student Alexander Jewkes won second place overall in the Canadian Chinese Proficiency Competition for High School Students on March 30 at Jean Vanier Catholic High School in Richmond Hill, Ont.
The competition was open to non-Chinese Canadians aged from 14 to 20, and preliminary contests to choose the finalists were held earlier in the year.
Jewkes’ achievement qualified him to be on the Canadian team as an observer to participate in the Chinese Bridge – Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students in China in October. UCC’s James Lutz won both the Canadian and international championships last year.
The purpose of the Canadian competition is to: provide a stage for young people to display their Chinese language abilities; create a platform for mutual learning and exchanging experiences; stimulate students’ Chinese learning interest and enthusiasm; promote Chinese language and the understanding of Chinese culture; and facilitate overseas Chinese language teaching and learning.
Entrants were asked to give a speech in Mandarin, complete a knowledge test in Chinese and do a stage performance, which could encompass such things as singing a song, playing music, dancing, acrobatics, calligraphy, drawing, paper-cutting or Kung Fu.