On February 20, 2013 Presbyterian College Confucius Institute hosted another fantastic Chinese Corner. This event showcased the many Presbyterian College Stars. Chinese students put hours of hard work and practice into preparing for the Palmetto Chinese Star Competition due to be held on February 23, 2013 at the University of South Carolina. The Chinese Corner acted has a dress rehearsal for the students who were signed up to compete on the following Saturday.
The show began with an inspiring speech from Heather Lamp entitled “My China.” Her speech was followed by another speech, “Reflections on China,”given by Paul Rice. The two speeches were incredibly insightful and expressed the feelings of the two stars during their travels throughout beautiful China.
Following the speeches a skit was performed by three Chinese beginners. The three students demonstrated an entertaining and exhilarating skit that had the whole audience laughing and singing. Tiana Smith followed the performance with a beautiful Chinese poem.
The event then moved to cultural performances. The first performance was a song titled Molihua (Beautiful Jasmine Flower). The performance featured sophomore Rebecca Woodwill on piano. Her beautiful playing immediately captured the audience’s attention and was neatly accompanied by Heather Lamp on the flute. After an elegant and awe inspiring introduction, Tiana Smith sang along to the music filling the room with a sound of pure radiance. The second and final cultural event was the best saved for last. The performance was a trio that sang Pengyou (Friends). The trio featured Steven Doar on piano, Paul Rice on voice, and Graham Hope in calligraphy. All three young men presented a true friendship atmosphere and the song increased the excitement all around. During the performance, Graham wrote the last three lines of the song in traditional Chinese style. At the end, the calligraphy was shown to the crowd and the men gathered around in a true sign of friendship.
Overall the night was wonderful and exciting. Each participant received a charming stuffed snake for the New Year and Tiana Smith was named the overall Star for the evening. The performances were professionally given and were as unique as the Chinese people themselves. The night ended in a flurry of pictures to capture the radiance of each performer.