The CIE sponsored 2013 North Texas TI Cup Chinese Speech Contest was held in School of Management Building at UT Dallas on March 30, 2013 (Saturday). The event was participated by 145 primary and secondary school students from 19 schools in the DFW metroplex. Both American and American-Chinese students competed fiercely on the same stage under 5 divisions and 13 groups. The event received strong support from 65 volunteers and more than 10 local corporate and educational sponsors. The award presentation ceremony was participated by 160 parents.
The contest started at 1:00 in the afternoon. The contestants from kindergarten kids to high school students were divided into 9 groups. Students in each group competed for the first, second, third, and honorable mention prizes respectively. The Prize-Awarding Ceremony was held in the Auditorium Hall. Almost 400 students, teachers and parents gathered in the hall. This is not only a Chinese speech contest event, but also a communication platform for the students and parents.
This large Chinese speech contest was jointly organized by Dallas Modern Chinese School and the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas. The Consulate-General of China in Houston supported the contest. Ms. Gao Yanping, the Consul General, gave a congratulation letter to the competition. She encouraged the students to learn Chinese language well and to understand China in order to cultivate the flower and fruit of Sino-American friendship.