The Fifth Palmetto Chinese Star was held at Presbyterian College this past Saturday, February 22, 2014, hosted by the Confucius Institutes at Presbyterian College and University of South Carolina. The Palmetto Chinese Star, which originated at Presbyterian College, is a state-wide contest where students from all over the state, in varying education levels, can contest their skills of the Chinese language and culture. The Palmetto Chinese Star is a part of a much larger contest called the Chinese Bridge. Students state-wide came to Presbyterian College to compete with others from around the state and the winner is awarded a trip to Washington D.C. to compete on a national level paid for by the Confucius Institutes. The winner of this then goes to the next level in China as the United States’ representative who competes on a world-wide level.
Nine different schools and fifty-two contestants attended Saturday’s contest and forty-five total performances were performed. Some of the schools included University of South Carolina, Bob Jones University, College of Charleston, Wofford College, Presbyterian College, and many other schools. A total of five representatives were sent to represent several of these schools as judges. These judges included: Assistant Professor Li Yan, from College of Charleston, Professor Ying Leach, from Bob Jones University, Professor Min, from Wofford College, Professor Liang Qing, from the University of South Carolina, and Dr. Ke Jian Jin, from Presbyterian College. Presbyterian College students Tianna Smith and States Roberson, also an employee of the Confucius Institute, were the hosts of the event.
The contest consisted of four different categories, the Elementary Language Group, the Elementary Culture Group, the Advanced Language Group, and the Advanced Culture Group. Some language acts included Poems, Cross-talks, Speeches, Self-Introductions, and more. While some cultural performances included singing, magic, diabolo tricks, instrumental performances, and more.
The first prize of the Elementary Language Group and the Elementary Cultural Group was awarded to Jieying Tong for the Poem Recital and Martial Arts Performance, representing Greenville Chinese School. The first prize of the Advanced Language Group was awarded to Greyson Mann, from Wofford College, for his Talk Show performance. The first prize of the Advanced Culture Group was awarded to Dillan Trojan, from Wofford College, for his singing and guitar performance of the Chinese version of a popular Phillip Phillip’s song. Presbyterian College’s own Dennis Roberts won second place in the Advanced Culture Group of his Diabolo performance, along with Nick Henderson who won third place in the Advanced Culture Group for his performance of the song “Friends”.
The Future Palmetto Chinese Star award was awarded to Jieying Tong from Greenville Chinese School. The Palmetto Chinese Star award was awarded to Dillan Trojan from Wofford College. Dillan will represent the state of South Carolina in Washington D.C. Congratulations to Dillan Trojan, Jieying Tong, and all the other winners and contestants.