And here they are, the IVCI's 16 semi-finalists, listed without
comment, rationalizing, or otherwise carping, in the order they will be
Nancy Zhou, 21, U.S.
Yu-Chien Tseng, 20, Taiwan
Ayana Tsuji, 16, Japan
Tessa Lark, 25, U.S.
Jinjoo Cho, 26, S. Korea
Stephen Waarts, 18,
Stephen Kim, 18, U.S.
Ji Yoon Lee, 22, S. Korea
Lim, 19, S. Korea
Kristi Gjezi, 24, France
Yoo Jin Jang, 23, S. Korea
Kim, 24, S. Korea
Suyeon Kang, 25,
Ji-Won Song, 21, S. Korea
Dami Kim, 25, S. Korea
Lim, 19, U.S./S. Korea
shared my thoughts about those playing in the preliminaries' first three days. If my picks didn't
appear to match completely those of the jurors, this certainly wouldn't be the
first time. But
I was happy to see Tessa Lark get picked as she played in the first day's round
more beautifully than the remaining 15.
Three others selected who merited high on my
own list include Kristi Gjezi, Bomsori Kim, and Ji-Won Song. It would please me
to see these three plus Lark and two others make the finals. But first they have to demonstrate
their prowess in the semi-finals. Sometimes an ersatz juror can change
his mind. Sept. 10; Indiana History Center