Schoolgirl wins UK-wide Mandarin-speaking competition

A local schoolgirl has won a trip to Beijing after coming first in a nationwide Mandarin-speaking contest.

Thornhill College pupil Eve Flood beat entrants from across the UK to win the beginners prize in the British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition at London’s British Museum.

The 17-year-old has been learning Mandarin for a year as part of her school’s enrichment programme.

Eve said: “The process has been a lot of work, but it’s been really rewarding. I think it was more the journey and the improvement I’ve made, rather than the end result.”

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