A Tucson senior representing the southwest in the Sixth Annual World Chinese Bridge Contest took third place. 

Jose Antonio Gonzalez Mendoza, a student representative for the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, began studying Chinese four years ago. 

The Accelerated Learning Laboratory student won first place in the preliminary contest of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Southern California region in May before advancing to the next level. 

He was joined in China by Basis Oro Valley senior Anne Zlatow, who, as the second-place winner in the preliminary contest, was allowed to observe and participated in a team competition as part of American Team No. 3, which took third place.

More than 124 students competed in the world contest. The contestants took a Chinese language and Chinese culture knowledge written test, an oral Chinese and Chinese talent competition, a folk culture experience and a "Creative flower arranging game."

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​

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