2018 People-to-People Award Honorees

Every year, the Confucius Institute U.S. Center recognizes ten outstanding students from across the American Confucius Institute network for their inspiring engagement with Chinese language and culture.  Our honorees are selected through a nationwide essay contest. This year's winners were selected from the most competitive pool of applicants in the contest history. These ten stellar students will travel to Washington, DC and receive the People-to-People Award at our National Honors Gala on September 15, 2018

A number of our award recipients received commendation letters from their congressional representatives. 

Meet the 2018 Honorees



Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University

Samantha Vaughn is a senior at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Kentucky...

Kamila Carter

Confucius Institute at San Diego State University 

Kamila Carter is a conscientious twelve-year-old student just finishing the sixth grade at Tierra Del Sol Middle School in...

Sadie Allen

Confucius Institute at North Carolina State University

Sadie Allen is a seventeen-year-old student, writer, and artist from Saluda, North Carolina...

Love Zubiller

Confucius Institute at San Diego State University

Love lives in San Diego with her husband and two children, Texas and India, who have been studying Chinese for five and two years...


Confucius Institute at Central Connecticut State University

Dominique Biraga is an undergraduate Junior pursuing International Studies at Central Connecticut State University...

Anna Shostya

Confucius Institute at Pace University

Throughout her outstanding academic and professional career, Anna has come to call China her second home...


Confucius Institute at SUNY College of Optometry

Kayla Raden is a high school biology and chemistry teacher from New Jersey. Kayla spent a year teaching science in Shanghai...


Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Trinity Lewis, 16 years old, attends Omaha Northwest High Magnet School. She has studied Chinese...


Confucius Institute at the University of Massachusetts- Boston

Douglas McDonald is a retired administrative judge in Boston, MA...


Confucius Institute at George Mason University

Dr. Zelloe has been a foreign language professor for more than two decades...