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IMSA Students Win Awards, Scholarships in Chinese Speech Contest

Four of IMSA's Chinese students won Gold Awards in the Midwest Chinese Teachers' Alliance (MCTA) Speech Contest in Chicago on April 25, with one student winning a scholarship to study in China for six weeks and another waitlisted for a scholarship.  Six IMSA student competed among 120 contestants from some of the best high schools in Chicagoland, with some students challenging themselves to compete against students with a higher level of proficiency.  

Gold Award:

Level I: Katie Pauss
Level II: Chinyere Kemet; Joshua Rosenthal 
Level III: Malavika Ramnath (Level II student competing up in Level III)
Level IV: Irina Wirjan; Ana Curtis (Both are level III students competing up in Level IV)

Ana Curtis and Malavika Ramnath finished top 3 in their respective categories.

Jason Barraza (Mandarin I) has received National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship to study Mandarin in mainland China for 6 weeks this summer.  Adrian Bebeneck (Mandarin I) is waitlisted. The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.