Hai Zheng Olefsky 郑海
Master Teaching Chair in Critical Language (2017-2021) and (2010-2013)
Associate Director of International Program
Coordinator of Chinese Language Studies
Member of Chinese Language Association of Secondary School-CLASS
Chinese Language Students Claim Awards
-Chinese VI independent studies student McKenna Potter, '2019 won Second Place in the 17th Greater Houston Chinese Speech Competition (Non-Chinese/Non-Heritage background High School Group) on Sunday November 4th, 2018.
-Chinese VI independent studies student Harry Sage, '2018 won the Gold Award at the 14th National CLASS Essay Contest and it is sponsored by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary School. His Chinese essay titled: "The fun of learning Chinese" was also chosen to be published in the USA Chinese essay magazine-"Juhe", that is the only literary magazine dedicated to the publication of the fine Chinese essays in North America.
-Chinese VII independent studies student Kisara Moore, '2017, a member of the Class of 2017, was awarded second place honors at the 2017 U.S. National Chinese Speech Competition in Boston on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Moore was one of only nine national finalists in her level of the non-native speaker category. This is also the prestigious 12th "Chinese Bridge" Speech Contest for American high school students. For the final round of competition, Moore delivered a three-minute memorized Chinese speech titled “Chinese and me.” She also performed a traditional dance from the popular Chinese song “Fragrance of the Night.”
Kisara's other Chinese essay-"The most influential person" has been selected to be published in the USA Chinese essay magazine-"Juhe", that the only magazine dedicated to the publication of fine Chinese essays in North America. The same essay also won the Gold Award at the 13th National CLASS Essay Contest (11/2016) and it is sponsored by the Chinese Language Association of Secondary School.
On the same day, Chinese III student Cameron Conyers, '2018 a junior student at St. Stephen's, received the third place award in the 7th Annual North Texas Chinese Speech Contest and University of Texas-Dallas Confucius Institute Cup in Dallas. Conyers competed in the 9th-12th grade level, non-Chinese heritage student category.
Both students study Chinese with Hai Zheng Olefsky, Chinese language instructor and associate director of the International Program.
Congratulations to both Kisara Moore and Cameron Conyers! Our school community is extremely proud of you both!
Our past winners from the Greater Houston Chinese Speech Contest competition include:
2015: Seocnd place-*Kisara Moore'17
2013: First place-Sarah Rogge'17; Second place-Catherine Orman'18
2012: Second place-*Anique Toscano'14
2011: First place-*Alesia Lujan-Hernandez'12
2010: Third place-*Gregory Lastrapes'14
2009: Second place-*Robbin Goodman'10; Honorable Mention-Alexandra Tully'10
2008: First place-*Adam Schlegel'09
*These students' Chinese essays have been selected and published in the US Chinese essay magazine-"JUHE", that is sponsored by the University of Iowa. It is the only magazine dedicated to the publication of fine Chinese essays in North America.
Chinese Language Student won International Award
Gregory Lastrapes’14 and his US Team No.1 won the 3rd place in the team competition and the 2nd place in the online popular voting contest for the 4th World Bridge Contest of Chinese Language Proficiency.
Gregory was the youngest contestant and was our school's co-vice presidents of the Chinese Language Culture Club.
He wrote and memorized a 500 word Chinese speech, “Chinese Rickshaw”.
For his Chinese culture talent, Gregory performed a Chinese Yunnan Folk Song on a traditional Chinese musical instrument- the Chinese bamboo flute.
He also performed Chinese Martial Arts, “Long Fists”, and was tested on his knowledge of China’s history and facts.
The Year of the Rat 2008 Celebrates Tenth Year of Our Mandarin Program
鼠年 - 庆祝圣斯蒂芬私立高中
本学校高中部有走读及住校生，美国和外国国际学生一共有四百多名。一九九七 年中文创办的时候，中文一只有四名学生。十年以后已经发展到年年有八十多名学中文的学生：中文一和中文二各两班，中文三，中文四各一班以及高级进修班。学生大部分都是美国孩子。“学而不厌，诲人不倦 ” – 孔子的论语激发了师生教授学习中文的积极性，“教学有法，教无定法 ” 的哲理是成功之道。
中文项目部主任 - 郑海
Middle School and Upper School Chapels
Performances at Helm include:
"Love of China" Dances, Chinese Song, Chinese Martial Arts-Kung Fu,
Chinese Yo Yo, Fashion and Costumes from Asia, and Dragon and Lion Dances
Lunch Quizzes and Prizes for the Chinese History and Facts
Chinese Buffet Dinner at 6PM at school Dining Hall
Popular Chopstick Contest with Awards after Dinner at 6:30PM
ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AWARD
Asian American Cultural Center and Asian American Community Partnership
Asian American Cultural Center and Asian American Community Partnership presents a book award to a special St. Stephen’s student for his/her “Outstanding Community Service” to the Asian American Community. The award winner volunteers at Asian American Cultural Center for the Mid Autumn/Moon Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Lunar New Year Celebration; and the Young Musicians Festival Competition and has made a valuable contribution to the Asian American Community.