New Trier Chinese language students excel in end-of-year competitions

Midwest Chinese Speech Contest

Midwest Chinese Speech Contest
Fifteen New Trier students participated in the 11th Midwest Chinese Speech Contest, hosted by Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance (MCTA). MCTA currently has over 200 Chinese teachers in the greater Chicago area, and its interest is in promoting the study of Mandarin Chinese as a world language or heritage language for all levels.

The theme of this year's speech was "Chinese and Me." Students were encouraged to reflect on the value of learning Chinese and the impact it has had on their lives.

This year, the MCTA Speech Contest was hosted online. Next year, the contest will be an on-site event and New Trier will be hosting the event for the first time on the Northfield campus.


Division IIIA (Year 1 Chinese students)

  • Silver: Benjamin Potterfield, Sophie Zajdela
  • Bronze: Claire Genty

Division IIIB (Year 2 Chinese students)

  • Gold: Andrew Gill, Abbey Konosky
  • Bronze: Jade Rashid

Division IIIC (Year 3 Chinese students)

  • Gold: Maximilian Russo
  • Silver: Jenny Mathers, Julia Nelson

Division IIID (Year 4 Chinese students)

  • Silver: James McColl, Julia Nagel, Lucas Lousberg

Division IIIH (Heritage Chinese students)

  • Silver: Si Roger Li,
  • Bronze: Tinah Hong, Mia Sedgwick

Sophomore Jonathan Hanold awarded NSLI-Y scholarship
Jonathan Hanold, a sophomore enrolled in Chinese 2, has been selected to receive a 2019-20 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for six weeks this summer. The NSLI-Y is a program of the U.S. government through the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in academic-year and summer immersion programs.

NT Junior Ray Li published by University of Iowa
Junior Ray Li's article, "My Entangled Fate with Chinese," has been accepted for 2019 JUHE Supplement. This year, the University of Iowa received 113 submissions from 29 different programs, and they selected 34 essays to publish.