Concord resident places second in national language competition

  • Olivia Fletcher (left) and her Chinese teacher Jenny Li. Courtesy

Friday, April 13, 2018

Concord resident and St. Paul’s School student Olivia Fletcher placed second in the beginner’s category at the national Chinese Bridge Speech Contest at the University of Massachusetts-Boston on March 31. The contest drew 131 students from 69 high schools across America.

Fletcher, a high school junior, has studied Chinese for only five months, but was one of 26 finalists from across the country chosen to compete in Boston. Chinese is one of three languages Fletcher is taking this year. (Spanish 3 Honors and Japanese are the other two.)

Entrants needed to prepare a three-minute speech, recited from memory, and engage in a question and answer session with judges as a test of their elocution and language comprehension. As a bonus, Fletcher also sang the Chinese folk song, “Jasmine Flower.”