Amber Chu-Shing and her teacher Christina Howard-Shi
Amber Chu-Shing and her teacher Christina Howard-Shi

Amber Chu-Shing, Year 13 student from Hamilton's Hillcrest High School, became the first regional winner qualified to the NZ National Chinese Bridge Speech Competition, which will be held in Christchurch on 4th August.

On 4th May, over thirty secondary students, from three schools in Hamilton and Cambridge, attended the Second Waikato Regional Inter-school Chinese Speech Competition. Hillcrest High School hosted the event with the support from the Confucuis Institute in Auckland. Six Waikato based Mandarin Language Assistants took responsibilities as judges, coaches and helpers. The school lion dance group and Guzheng performers also performed to welcome the students and their families.

After delivering the speeches and Chinese talents, Amber achieved the highest score and won the first place in the competition. She will join the finalists from Auckland, Wellington, Rotorua and South Island in the national final in August. Among them, four top winners in the national Secondary School Senior Category will represent New Zealand to China on an international stage this October.