The Sixth Annual Palmetto Chinese Star took place at the University of South Carolina on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. Every year the Confucius Institutes of the University of South Carolina and Presbyterian College team up to host this event at their respected venues. These two colleges are the only two colleges within the state that represent a Confucius Institute. Last year the Fifth Palmetto Chinese Star was held here at Presbyterian College, while this year everyone made the trip to Columbia to either participate in or be a part of the Sixth Annual Chinese Star.
The Palmetto Chinese Star Contest is broken into two groups: The Elementary and Advanced groups. Then within each of these groups there are: the Elementary Language Group and the Elementary Culture Group, and the Advanced Language Group and the Advanced Culture Group. The elementary groups are usually for those who are in introductory Chinese classes but has no age restrictions. While the advanced groups are for those in more upper-level Chinese courses and also has no age restrictions.
This year we had many contestants show up from schools and universities all across the state from Bob Jones University, Wofford College, Presbyterian College, the University of South Carolina, and much more. This year Presbyterian College had one student participate in the Advanced Language and Advanced Culture groups. This student was Graham Hope, a senior at Presbyterian College who has been in the Confucius program for many years and even spent a semester studying abroad in China. Graham presented a speech in Chinese, accompanied by a PowerPoint, which depicted in detail some of his favorite and most interesting experiences he encountered while studying in China for a semester. For his Advanced Culture section, he selected to do traditional Chinese calligraphy on stage. Both were excellent and got him in the third place tier overall. The winner of the entire competition was a student from Wofford. Whoever is declared the Chinese Star gets the chance to represent their school and state in Washington D.C. for the National Competition; we wish him the best of luck!
The Confucius Institute would like to applaud Graham and all of the other contestants that participated in the Sixth Annual Chinese Star, along with all those who helped make it happen. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year at Presbyterian College as we host the Seventh Annual Chinese Star!