Announcing Winners of the China Books Essay Contest

We are excited to announce that the First Annual China Books Essay Contest has officially come to an end! We would like to thank Wu Laoshi at Jericho Middle School in Jericho, NY and her wonderful students for their cooperation in putting this event together. We could not have done it without you!

We at China Books were very impressed by the quality of each and every essay and it was incredibly difficult to choose a top three for each of the two participating classes.  Students exhibited an impressive understanding of basic Chinese grammar and vocabulary.


Essays were judged based on clarity, depth and overall cohesiveness. Click on the names of the students to check out their work!

7th Grade

1st PlaceSerin -“Very introspective! We loved how you took the topic of sports, demonstrated your understanding of the relevant vocabulary and then changed the subject to what you DO love doing. It’s one thing to memorize a bunch of vocabulary. It’s another to actually use it in a way that’s meaningful to you and the people around you. That’s a very special skill.”
2nd PlaceAndrew – “We appreciate the extra effort you took in describing your fledging fencing career. Although some students might have been intimidated by all the new vocabulary, you did an amazing job integrating it into your story. Congratulations and good luck at Summer Nationals!”
3rd PlaceJackie – “Your story is as thorough as any, while also using a variety of grammar structures to keep it fresh and fun. You don’t just talk about yourself, but also give the reader insight into the other people in your life. Amazing.”

6th Grade

1st PlaceJennifer – “So much information! You did an excellent job introducing yourself and your family in a clear and concise manner, while also keeping your sentence structures varied. We also loved the illustrations!”
2nd PlaceWesley – “In very few words you give the reader clear idea of your life and family. You don’t waste words and are concise. That’s a skill many people don’t have in their native language much less in the one they are studying!”
3rd PlaceAvery – “You did an amazing job of introducing your friend Audrey in your essay. You used all sorts of vocabulary and also did a great job describing locations too. Very thorough!”

For teachers, school administrators or parents interested in participating next next year’s essay contest, please contact Robert at for more information. Thanks!

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