Congratulations To Three Pinnacle Students Accepted To ASU STARTALK Summer Program

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3 Pinnacle Students Accepted to ASU STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Program

Thursday , May 13 , 2021

Congratulations To 3 Pinnacle High School Students Accepted To ASU STARTALK 2021 Chinese Language Summer Program

The Arizona State University STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Program has accepted three students from Pinnacle High School for its June 12-26, 2021, session.

The three Pinnacle students who were accepted are:

  • Sofia Curran
  • Katy Howell
  • Samantha Ma

According to PVOnline Mandarin Chinese educator Hong Shen, "This program provides a great opportunity for both heritage and non-heritage learners to explore and expand their knowledge in the Chinese language and culture through a highly structured theme- and task-based curriculum. During the program, students will receive instruction in the Chinese language and participate in fun, hands-on cultural activities. After the program, students will commit to continuing their Chinese language learning."

Shen, the current teacher of the three chosen Pinnacle students, said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the STARTALK camp will be offered in a hybrid format with all activities and classes during the first half of the program held in-person, while the second half will be held online.

Only 30 incoming and current high school students and freshmen college students who are in Mandarin Chinese programs in Arizona have been accepted into the STARTALK Program this summer, according to Shen.

Congrats to Sofia, Katy, and Samantha!


Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures produces the STARTALK Program. Learn more about the STARTALK Program.

Learn more about PVSchools Language Immersion programs.