Contestants from six states gathered at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana.
Malena Hughes, from Barren County Middle School, won the Best Speaker Award and First Place in level one division. Aubrey Render, from Barren County High School, won third place in level two.
Both contestants were coached by the WKUCI Chinese teacher LI XIA. Malena and Aubrey demonstrated good speaking skills Chinese in the speech round and displayed their appreciation for the Chinese culture by their dedicated performance in the talent shows, as well as, taking a Chinese written exam. Both students represented the Barren County Schools and WKUCI well, as Malena and Aubrey impressed the audience and the Chinese Consulate.