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2016 Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony and Reception 

On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the University of Minnesota Confucius Institute and the Minnesota Department of Education hosted the fourth annual Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony and Reception. This event recognized more than 500 Minnesota students who had successful performances on the 2016 Youth Chinese Test (YCT), Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Chinese proficiency test, Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), and/or the STAMP Proficiency Assessment.

Remarks were provided by Consul General Hong Lei of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago; Minnesota Department of Education Director of Government Relations, Adosh Unni; and Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota, Joan Brzezinski.

During the ceremony, selected student ambassadors had the opportunity to ask a question in Chinese and receive a response from Consul General Hong Lei on the topic “Friendship between the United States and China."

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and their families!