The 2018 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest


The 8th Annual Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest for the greater Washington Metropolitan area was held at the George Washington University on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Competitors are from colleges throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Since the Jiangsu Cup’s inception in 2011, two hundred forty three student participants have competed for the scholarships and exchange opportunities in China.

This year sixteen participants competed in the final round. They demonstrated advanced Chinese language proficiency by competing with prepared speeches, Q&A about Jiangsu Province & China, and an improvised speech on a randomly selected topic. After hours of intense competition, results were announced. Gold Awards were given to Liza Roberts of Georgetown University, and Andrew Allard of the George Washington University. Jiangsu Cup awards include full and partial scholarships to study the Chinese language at Nanjing University, and fully-funded tours of the beautiful Province of Jiangsu in 2019.

The Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest, organized by the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts & Sciences and GW Confucius Institute, in partnership with Nanjing University of China, is the premier speech competition for the Greater Washington D.C. higher education community. Professors, families, and many distinguished guests attend the Jiangsu Cup each year to observe and applaud the incredible accomplishments of the contestants. This year, the Minister Counselor of Education, Ms. YANG Xinyu attended the event and gave encouraging remarks to student finalists on behalf of the Chinese Embassy. The event accommodates a valuable collaboration and meaningful cross cultural exchange for everyone.



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All Finalists for the 2018 Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest

  Gold Award Winners  
Liza Roberts - Gold Award Winner

Liza Roberts


Georgetown University
Andrew Allard - Gold Award Winner

Andrew Allard


The George Washington University


  Silver Award Winners  
Kate Jasenski - Silver Award Winner

Kate Jasenski


American University
Aaron Baum - Silver Award Winner

Aaron Baum


Georgetown University
Sarah Melton - Silver Award Winner

Sarah Melton


American University 
Matthew Heninger - Silver Award Winner

Matthew Heninger


University of Virginia
Joshuah Bohman - Silver Award Winner

Joshuah Bohman


University of Maryland - College Park
Jack Resnick - Silver Award Winner

Jack Resnick


Georgetown University


  Bronze Award Winners  
Bronze Award Winner

Olivia Moffett


University of Virginia
Bronze Award Winner

Irene Williams


The College of William & Mary
Bronze Award Winner

Daniel Sorensen-Tanenbaum


St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Bronze Award Winner

Jacqualine Asuquo


University of Maryland - College Park
Bronze Award Winner

Francis George Kwartin


James Madison University
Bronze Award Winner

Scott Simpson


James Madison University
Bronze Award Winner

Heidi Schwenk


The George Washington University
Gabriella Smith - Bronze Award Winner

Gabriella Smith


Liberty University


Sponsored By:

Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, The George Washington University

Confucius Institute, The George Washington University

Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The George Washington University

The Language Center, The George Washington University

Institute for International Students, Nanjing University

Jiangsu International Cultural Association

Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center