Rep. Harris recognizes Thomas Middle School students for outstanding achievement at Chinese Speech C

From left to right: Bredna Hsu (Chinese Language Teacher), Lucas Van Gelderen (6th grade, Gold Medal), Martin Waz (8th grade, Bronze Medal), Amelie Smithson (8th grade, Bronze Medal), Rachel Sowa (8th grade, Gold Medal), Clara Menninga (7th grade, Gold Medal) proudly show off their Certificates of Recognition at Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights.

Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) had Certificates of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives presented to five students representing Thomas Middle School and District 25. The five students delivered speeches entirely in Mandarin Chinese and won three Gold Medals and two Bronze Medals at the Chinese Speech Competition hosted by the Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance last month.

These students spent countless hours writing, practicing and delivering speeches, entirely in Chinese Mandarin, with no help from a Power Point presentation, notes or printed materials.

Paid for by Committee to Elect David Harris. A copy of our report is filed with and available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL.