The 18th National CLASS Essay Contest

The 18th National CLASS Essay Contest



(Revised May  2021)

  1. The contestant must be a student currently enrolled in a Mandarin Chinese program during the current school year at an elementary school, a middle school or a high school that is fully accredited by the regional Accreditation institutions like Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), or is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). 

  2. The contestant’s teacher must be a current member of the Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS). 

  3. Essays must be written on the provided paper and hand written legibly. Any illegible writing will result in deducted points.  

  4. Eligibility of Contest Entry: All entries must be student’s original independent work*. No contestant may use an essay by another contestant in previous years or resubmit an essay that was a previous submission. CLASS reserves** the right to disqualify contestants with identical essays.

  5. It is the responsibility of the teacher to place the essay contest participants in the most appropriate category commensurate with the student’s background and training. CLASS reserves the right to disqualify a contestant who provides false background and training information.

  6. Each CLASS member may submit up to ten essays in total. 

  7. The length of the essay should be with the minimum of 100 characters, and the maximum of 540 characters (two writing sheets provided by the Essay Contest Committee). All punctuations should be marked in the grid of the writing sheet. 

  8. Essay Contest results will be announced on/before January 31, 2022. Award certificates will be mailed to teachers after the results are finalized.

  9. Each contestant must agree to compete in the assigned division and category as outlined below. Judge will evaluate the contestant’s writing in the division and category that has been registered by the teacher. 


     10. The topic for CLASS 2021 Essay Contest is:

            You are going to write about life after the COVID-19 Pandemic. You may choose to write about what you want to do the
most,  someone you want to visit the most, the impact the COVID-19 Pandemic had on you and your family/friends, or a story that has happened during the pandemic that you think it is worth writing about and worth sharing. Here are some suggested topics to consider including, but not limited to the following: 

  • 疫情与我

  • 后疫情时代

  • 疫情对我生活的影响

  • 疫情后我最想做的一件事

  • 疫情后我最想见的一个人

  • 疫情中最令我感动的一件事

  • 疫情與我 

  • 後疫情時代 

  • 疫情對我生活的影響

  • 疫情后我最想做的一件事 

  • 疫情后我最想見的一個人 

  • 疫情中最令我感動的一件事 

 11. Submission:  Please register your students by following this link. All submissions need to be in no later than Saturday, October 23, 2021.

All submissions will be online only this year.