Kyle Reeser from Binghamton University was one of two East Coast students to qualify for the finals of the most famous Chinese-language contest to be held in Beijing this summer. At a time when proficiency in Chinese among American students is rising, Reeser and Dale Shepherd from Princeton University won the Chinese Bridge East USA Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students on March 17. About 30 students from schools including Columbia, New York and Princeton universities, as well as the University of Pennsylvania, participated in the spoken language contest as part of the 12th annual Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition. The international contest is sponsored by the Beijing headquarters of the Confucius Institute, more commonly known as Hanban. It is the fourth collaboration between the Confucius Institute at Pace University and the New York Service Center for Chinese Study Fellows.