As part of Mandarin Chinese classes at Seattle Waldorf High School, instructor Yi Wang (Wang Lao Shi) encourages her students to participate in an annual competition. The Washington Association for American and Chinese Education (WAACE) sponsored its tenth annual “Why Learn Chinese” competition in which middle school and high school students in Washington State were invited to participate. The 2021 contest had two categories for submissions: either an essay of 400–800 words or a poster on the theme, “How can learning Chinese help in a very challenging time?”

The Why Learn Chinese award ceremony was held virtually on Sunday, June 6. We are pleased to announce that three SWS students placed in the finals and seven received honorable mentions! In addition, Yi Wang received the Outstanding Contributor Award, which recognizes a teacher or an organization who has demonstrated dedication and support to the competition by encouraging the greatest number of participants.

2021 Why Learn Chinese Winners

Poster Category, Third Place

Jackson, Grade 10 (entry posted in title image, left)
Natalie, Grade 10 (entry posted in title image, right)

Poster Category, Honorable Mentions

Ryan, Grade 11
Maeve, Grade 11
Piper, Grade 10 (entry posted in inset, left)
Thor, Grade 10
Nathan, Grade 9 (entry posted in inset, right)

Essay Category, Third Place

Lucca, Grade 11

Essay Category, Honorable Mention

Nisha, Grade 9
Chi, Grade 11

2021 Outstanding Contributor Award

Yi Wang

WAACE will post the winners on their website here.

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