As part of the contest, students from Nukutere College and Immanuela Akatemia were required to prepare a speech in Mandarin and present it to an audience for the chance to win a trip to China. They delivered their speeches last Friday.
USP board member Mike Tavioni spoke of the importance in the next generation of Cook Islanders learning Mandarin.
“It is important with the growth in the relationship between our two countries that we are able to speak their language, moving forward.”
In the case of students over the age of 15, the first place winner received a fully-funded trip to China, while the first placegetter in the under-15 competition received a new Huawei mobile phone.
In their speeches, students were required to introduce themselves, as well as talk about their school, family and other aspects of their lives, such as their favourite Chinese movies.
The winner in the under-15 competition was Raetea Rongo, while Kimberly Tangirere was named winner of the over-15 contest.