GPA 7th-graders take first place in China Quiz Bowl

Academy 7th-graders Bode Neumeister, left, and Ava Said earned a first place in Middle School Division 1 at the 9th Annual Michigan China Quiz Bowl, which was held March 18, 2017, at Wayne State University.

Yesterday in the Manoogian Hall of Wayne State University next to the school’s Confucius Institute, Grosse Pointe Academy 7th-graders Bode Neumeister and Ava Said earned a first place in Middle School Division 1 at the 9th Annual Michigan China Quiz Bowl.

Sponsored by the Confucius Institute, the Quiz Bowl tested more than 100 students from 10 middle and high schools Saturday on their knowledge of Chinese language and geography.

According to Academy Mandarin Chinese teacher Shanyi Chen, the two GPA students competed as a real team with each bringing their own expertise to the event.

“Bode was very good and talented on recognizing Chinese characters and speaking sentences in Chinese,” Chen said. “To prepare for this, he even created his own flashcards and used them to study when he had free time. And Ava answered geography questions and spoke in sentences with typical, daily expressions in Chinese.”

Those competing yesterday went through three rounds with each round having 25 questions containing Chinese characters along with spoken sentences that included translations and geography.

According to the Confucius Institute, Chinese native and heritage students (those who are from homes where Chinese may be spoken) and students who have spent more than 30 days in China are ineligible to participate in the competition, but are encouraged to volunteer as score keepers, time keepers, and score sheet runners.

“Congratulations to Bode and Ava on their big accomplishment,” Chen said. “Each student is unique and has their own talent, but their teamwork is what really made the difference yesterday.”

Academy Mandarin Chinese teacher Shanyi Chen, left, is with Ava Said and Bode Neumeister at WSU after the 7th graders won the China Quiz Bowl.

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Established in January 2008, the WSU-Confucius Institute, with the support of Hanban: Chinese Language Council International, and Wayne State’s partnering Chinese institution, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, provides a multitude of programs and resources that assist individuals and organizations in their pursuit of learning Mandarin Chinese and in learning about Chinese culture.


About The Grosse Pointe Academy
The Grosse Pointe Academy is an independent, coeducational day school serving children age 2 1/2 through Grade 8. We foster an inclusive environment that respects all cultures and religious beliefs. We seek to remain faithful to our heritage as a former Academy of the Sacred Heart and to those who through their Catholic faith and perseverance sought to preserve and enhance the legacy of this past for generations. Incorporated as a non-profit institution, The Grosse Pointe Academy is directed by a Board of Trustees working together to serve the Southeastern Michigan community.