A delegation consisting of our teachers and students participated in the activities of culture exchanges and the awarding ceremony for poem competition in Sacramento which is a sister city with Jinan from May 6 to 12. The number of the delegation is 10 from Jinan Foreign Language School, Jinan No. 2 Middle School, Jinan Middle School and some from other schools headed by Xu Handong from Jinan Department of Education and Wang Hongmei from our high school. Our students Yu Shuangchen and Zhao Haoyu were praised for their fluent English.
A ceremony was held to welcome the delegates at the local airport by the city Friendship Association and the local Chinese-Americans. Later the members had exchanges with their host families, the Friendship Association, and the local Chinese Americans. Afterwards they paid a visit to local kindergartens, primary schools, middle schools, high schools, and universities. Our student Yu Shuangchen gave a speech before the poem intonation, expressing her feeling from visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and her experience of attending the awarding ceremony. Yu Shuangchen, Zhao Haoyu and Zhang Jianing’s tutors were all our 3 teachers from our high school.
On May 10, our delegation went to Atlanta to attend the awarding ceremony for the poem competition. 8 of our students who had been winners for such kind of competition were invited to the ceremony. Our student Yu Shuangchen was among the top winners. Zhang Jianing and Zhao Haoyu both received the prize among the top 16.
A welcome ceremony at the airport
Delegates met by local government leader
Yu Shuangchen with the prize giver
Poem by Yu Shuangchen carved in a copper plaque
Yu Shuangchen, left, at the ceremony of the copper plaque
Yu Shuangchen’s certificate
Congratulation from Atlanta
Zhao Haoyu ,right, at the awarding ceremony
Zhao Haoyu’s certificate who is among the top 16 winners
Zhao Haoyu poem intonation at Southport primary school
Zhang Jianing is among the top 16 winners
Piano playing by our students for local school students