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.
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.