KU News Release


March 22, 2011
Contact: William Keel, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, 785-864-4657

Kansas high school students take home medals from Schülerkongress

LAWRENCE — High school students studying German language and culture took home more than 150 medals from the Schülerkongress held March 5 at the University of Kansas.

Nearly 300 students attended the annual, day-long event sponsored by the Kansas Association of Teachers of German in cooperation with KU’s Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

William Keel, chair of Germanic languages and literatures at KU, said about 290 of the students represented 17 Kansas schools. Seven more participants were German exchange students attending high school in Kansas.

Schülerkongress, or student congress, promotes the study of German languages, literature and culture with oral proficiency exercises and contests in poetry recitation, prose reading, spelling and cultural knowledge. The event not only allows high school students to interact with university-level instructors but also supports the efforts of Kansas high school teachers to promote the study of foreign languages and cultures.

This year, students competed for medals in poster and video contests promoting the theme “Mit Deutsch kommt man schnell voran!” — which translates roughly as “With German you will get ahead quickly.”

Junction City High School won first in both the poster and video contests. With 55 students, Junction City High also had the largest delegation this year. Their teacher is Lynette Sislo.

Second place in the poster contest went to Abilene High School and third to Washburn Rural High School. Olathe East High School won second place in the video contest and Olathe Northwest High School, third.

Twenty-six KU faculty and graduate teaching assistants served as judges, including Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, the visiting Max Kade Professor from the University of Münster, Germany.

KU offered its first Schülerkongress in 1965 and, with few exceptions, has offered it annually. A committee of high school teachers selects the poems and prose in advance to match students’ level of study, such as first-year or second-year German.

Individual awards are listed below by school and contest category and level.

Abilene High School: Susie Geiger, Culture Quiz Level 1; Gavin Hanna, Poetry Recitation Level 2; Sophia Pitney, Poetry Recitation Level 2; Brandon Rein, Culture Quiz Level 2, Poetry Recitation Level 2 and Spelling Bee Level 2; Alex Thurston, Culture Quiz Level 4; and Taylor Youtsey, Poetry Recitation Level 4.

Blue Valley Northwest High School: Lisa Rivadeneira, Poetry Recitation Level 5; Rucha Kandur, Spelling Bee Level 3; Danni Wang, Poetry Recitation Level 2 and Prose Reading Level 11.

Emporia High School: Skylar Banfield, Spelling Bee Level 3.

Hays High School: Josh Adcock, Poetry Recitation Level 1; Nikki Feyerherm, Poetry Recitation Level 1; and Colton Leiker, Spelling Bee Level 1.

Junction City High School: Alex Adams, Culture Quiz Level 5, Poetry Recitation Level 4, Prose Reading Level 4 and Spelling Bee Level 4; Brianna Adams, Poetry Recitation Level 1 and Prose Reading Level 1; Iris Alaniz, Culture Quiz Level 3; May Benoliel, Culture Quiz Level 2; Selina Beydili, Poetry Recitation Level 5 and Spelling Bee Level 5; Richard Bolen, Prose Reading Level 11; Mary Borjas, Prose Reading Level 2; Samantha Braggs, Poetry Recitation Level 3; Joshua Childs, Poetry Recitation Level 1 and Prose Reading Level 1; Kyle Eiserman, Culture Quiz Level 3 and Poetry Recitation Level 3; Mark Emmer, Culture Quiz Level 5; Michael Hall, Poetry Recitation Level 1; Cheryl Henderson, Culture Quiz Level 4, Poetry Recitation Level 4 and Prose Reading Level 4; Christel Hill, Culture Quiz Level 4, Poetry Recitation Level 4 and Prose Reading Level 4; Beth Hillebert, Culture Quiz Level 3; Brittanie Jamerson, Culture Quiz Level 4; Austin Kair, Culture Quiz Level 1; Frank Kim, Culture Quiz Level 1, Poetry Recitation Level 1, Prose Reading Level 1 and Spelling Bee Level 1; Kennedy Lee, Culture Quiz Level 1, Poetry Recitation Level 1 and Prose Reading Level 1; Kimberly Leighty, Culture Quiz Level 5, Poetry Recitation Level 5 and Prose Reading Level 5; Melanie Morris, Poetry Recitation Level 1 and Prose Reading Level 1; Mikaela Nesbitt, Prose Reading Level 1; Thomas Pollack, Culture Quiz 1,Poetry Recitation Level 1 and Prose Recitation Level 1; Amirra Roberts, Poetry Recitation Level 1 and Prose Reading Level 1; Joshua Schwanke Poetry Recitation Level 2; Max Stuckey, Culture Quiz Level 2; Rio Temese, Culture Quiz Level 3, Poetry Recitation Level 3, Prose Reading Level 3 and Spelling Bee Level 3; Trina Temese, Poetry Recitation Level 1; Tina Temese, Prose Reading Level 1; Lacey Toothman, Culture Quiz Level 2; and Marie Waldon, Poetry Recitation Level 1 and Prose Reading Level 1.

Lawrence Free State High School: Lexis Adams, Prose Reading Level 2; Cassandra Barrett, Poetry Recitation Level 5 and Spelling Bee Level 5; Rosemary Black, Poetry Recitation Level 2; Katie Conrad, Recitation Level 2; Katie Davis, Prose Reading Level 2 and Spelling Bee Level 2; Alec Fitzgerald, Level 5; Poetry Recitation Level 5 and Spelling Bee Level 5; Fletcher Koch, Poetry, Recitation Level 2; Lukas Lesslie, Poetry Recitation Level 2; Madison Mielke, Prose Reading Level 11; Colin O'Neal, Poetry Recitation Level 2; Jordan Rietcheck, Poetry Recitation Level 2; Deena Rodecap, Poetry Recitation Level 2, Prose Reading Level 11 and Spelling Bee Level 2; Aaryn Wertz, Poetry Recitation Level 2; and Reid Williams, Poetry Recitation Level 2 and Prose Reading Level 2

Lawrence High School: Elbeg Erdenee, Poetry Recitation Level 2 and Prose Reading Level 2; Anya Karnycheva, Poetry Recitation Level 4, Prose Reading Level 4 and Spelling Bee Level 4; Forrest Munro, Prose Reading Level 3; Stephen Obiefule, Poetry Recitation Level 4; Chelsea Sandy, Poetry Recitation Level 3 and Prose Reading Level 3; Liza Stancliff, Prose Reading Level 2; Kat Sterbenz, Poetry Recitation Level 2 and Prose Reading Level 2; Scott Voigt, Poetry Recitation Level 2 and Prose Reading Level 2; and Megan Wilson, Poetry Recitation Level 3, Prose Reading Level 3 and Spelling Bee Level 3.

Lawrence Virtual School: Devany West, Poetry Recitation Level 1.

Manhattan High School: Selina Beydili, Culture Quiz Level 5; Melissa Birdwell, Poetry Recitation Level 2; Rachel Bohl, Culture Quiz Level 4; Patrick Day, Prose Reading Level 1 and Spelling Bee Level 1; Samantha Hillstock, Prose Reading Level 11 and Spelling Bee Level 2; Angelika Houn, Prose Reading Level 3; Ian Miller, Prose Reading Level 1; Ian D. Miller, Spelling Bee Level 1; Elisabeth Richter, Lawrence Free State Level 5; Jeremy Toy, Spelling Bee Level 5; and Elisa Zerabruck, Culture Quiz Level 5, Prose Reading Level 5 and Spelling Bee Level 5.

Newton High School: Nick Dick, Culture Quiz Level 2 and Nat Dick, Poetry Recitation Level 2.

Olathe East High School: Grant Johns, Poetry Recitation Level 1 and Prose Reading Level 1; Rachel Kimmich, Prose Reading Level 2; Sam Row, Culture Quiz Level 3; Luke Schletzbaum, Spelling Bee Level 2; Dylan Wachter, Culture Quiz Level 2 and Prose Reading Level 2; Senedu Yaregal, Poetry Recitation Level 1.

Olathe North High School: Garrett Deutenberg, Prose Reading Level 1; Libby Friesen, Spelling Bee Level 1; Antonio Ortiz, Spelling Bee Level 3; Luke Welter, Prose Reading Level 1.

Smoky Valley High School: Emma Anderson, Prose Reading Level 2 and Anneliese Reinert, Prose Reading Level 2

Washburn Rural High School: Pete Peterson, Spelling Bee Level 4.


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