Eighteen Middle and Upper School students competed in the 15th annual Florida State Chinese Competition, which took place at Lake Yale Conference Center in Orlando. Twelve schools participated in the state competition this year, which took place on January 31 and February 1, 2020. SA’s jeopardy team won the state championship in the final jeopardy game at Middle School level. The Upper School jeopardy team won second place at the high school level.
“I am proud to say that our Middle School and Upper School combined team won first place at the Chinese culture activities,” said Hua Zhang Chair of the Chinese Language Department.
In addition to team accomplishments, the following Upper and Middle school students earned high individual academic ratings at the Florida Statewide Chinese Competition:
Upper School Level V
Alexander Bowman ’20, Excellent in all categories (Listening, Speaking, and Reading)
Upper School Level IV
Alex Kino ’21, Superior in Reading, Outstanding in Listening and Speaking
Upper School Level III
Sophie Chew ’25, Superior in all categories of High School Level III (Listening, Speaking, and Reading)
Morghyn Moabery ’22, Superior in Speaking, Outstanding in Listening and Reading
Ashley Kelly ’22, Superior in Reading, Outstanding in Listening, Excellent in Speaking
Alexa Medellin ’21, Superior in Speaking, Excellent in Listening
Nicholas Ilvento ’22, Outstanding in Listening and Reading, Excellent in Speaking
Cameron Newman ’22, Excellent in all categories (Listening, Speaking, and Reading)
Henry Pollock ’22, Excellent in Listening and Speaking
Upper School Level II
Julia Nicholsberg ’23, Superior in Listening and Speaking, Outstanding in Reading
Aitor Arrese-Igor ’23, Superior in Speaking and Reading, Excellent in Listening
Matthew Lewis ’23, Superior in Listening, Outstanding in Speaking and Reading
Antonina Morgan ’23, Outstanding in Reading, Excellent in Listening and
Upper School Level I
Anderson Li ’25, Superior in all categories of High School Level 1 (Listening, Speaking, and Reading)
Middle School Advanced Level
Anish Ramdin ’24, Outstanding in Speaking and in Reading
Middle School Introductory Level
Angelina Zilo ’26, Outstanding in Speaking, Excellent in Reading
Samantha Darnell ’26, Outstanding in Speaking
World Language competitions like the Florida State Chinese Competition give SA Scots the opportunity to test emerging language skills, evaluate their progress as speakers, and experience world cultures while interacting with other students and teachers who have similar interests.
“We are proud of our students for receiving such high academic ratings and for their continued dedication to their learning in and out of the classroom,” said Hua, of her and Florence Lee, Middle School Chinese Teacher. “They work hard to learn the Chinese language as well as appreciate Chinese culture.”
Congratulations to all Scots who participated!