Hundreds of students from kindergarteners to 12th graders were at Chief Sealth International High School today, for a statewide event – the Washington State Chinese Language and Talent Competition. We hadn’t heard about it in advance but noticed the school’s parking lot was full, an unusual sight for a Sunday; a web search revealed what was going on, so a bit later, we stopped in to check it out. It was lunchtime for most participants, but performances were under way in the auditorium – dancers performed (top photo) while musicians practiced in the hallway:
Among the spectators during our visit: The renowned Seattle Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team – this might be the only time you’ve ever seen them NOT in motion:
In addition to music and dancing, competition was held in categories from poetry to public speaking to drawing to Chinese chess. The event was presented by the Cultural Exploration of Greater China Foundation, the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Washington State, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s World Languages Program, and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington, whose Education Center is headquartered on the Denny/Sealth campus.