Three talented students from the Community College Mandarin class will represent St. Vincent and the Grenadines at the highly-anticipated Taiwan ICDF Mandarin Singing Competition.
The students, Abigail Richards, Jolesia Pope and Tansha George will represent SVG in the competition, which features participants from 10 countries and aims to celebrate language and musical diversity while fostering cross-cultural exchange.
The other participating countries are St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Belize, Haiti, Guatemala, Paraguay, Turkey, Palau and Jordan.
Judges, including experts in Mandarin language education and music, will evaluate the performances and select the top three winners.
The first prize winner will receive US$300, the second prize winner will be awarded US$200, and the third prize winner will receive US$100.
Additionally, there will be a “YouTube Popularity Award” for 10 participants, each receiving US$50.
To promote SVG on a global platform, the three students and their Mandarin instructor, Yuhui Huang have chosen picturesque locations in the country for filming. The enchanting settings of Arnos Vale, Fort Charlotte, and the New Testament Church of God in Lowmans Hill serve as the backdrop for the students’ performances.
Although these three students are relatively new to the Mandarin language, they have displayed exceptional linguistic clarity and impressive vocal precision, a press release said.
“This remarkable achievement is the result of the concerted efforts of their Mandarin language teacher, Yuhui Huang, and the students themselves as they diligently practiced and honed their skills. We extend our best wishes to Abigail Richards, Jolesia Pope, and Tansha George as they participate in the competition and aim for outstanding results,” the release said.
Vincentians are being encouraged to show their support for these students by engaging with their competition videos on YouTube.
“Liking, commenting, and sharing their performances will not only boost their morale but also spotlight the linguistic and musical talent present in the country,” the release said.