by Ruthie Isaacson Staff Writer
On Saturday, April 7, the annual high school German Convention was held at Skutt Catholic High School. This day long competition sponsored dozens of events for students to strengthen their language skills.
“My favorite thing was how many options there were at the convention,” said junior Ella Weaver. “Students could show off their talents musically, artistically, verbally, or in many other ways.”
In all categories, students competed against other schools in knowledge of German language and culture. GHS students took placing in a multitude of areas. Freshman Faith Polivanov was awarded 1st place in Directed Dialogue I. Each category had different awards for each skill level; I, II, III, and IIII. In Directed Dialogue II, junior Ella Weaver took first and freshman Maya Burns took second. In Directed Dialogue III, Lydia Stednitz won second and Abby Leasure won first. In Music, sophomore Amanda Harper was awarded first. In Knowledge Bowl II, Weaver took second. GHS’ Gingerbread Forest art was awarded first.
“The German Convention was an amazing learning experience because it pushes students to go above the level of teaching in class and learn more,” said Weaver.
German language instructor at GHS, Kellye Deane introduced the students to this opportunity. There were five sessions during the day, and each one had around ten different activities to compete or watch.
“When they are not competing directly, then they have seminars,” said Deane. “And those different seminars can teach them about something they didn’t know about, they get a chance to try something out, like there’s different things they can compete in or sometimes they learn a German game, they learn a German activity.” The students were served an authentic German lunch catered by Gerda’s Bakery. After all ses- sions, an award ceremony was held, where finalists in the Music categories performed. All of these opportunities combined in the Nebraska State German Convention make it a worthwhile and beneficial event for high school students. “They get a chance to see how well they stack up next to or with other students in the district area,” said Deane. “So they know what it this they are capable of doing.”