Two of our Orchard School 8th graders made it to the San Francisco German finals. We would like to congratulate Dylan Coffman and Christian Lang. They were two of the five boys in team "Sauerkrauts" that were in the finals. Many participants came from various regions of the United States as well as from Canada and Mexico for event in March. The final ten teams were from Washington, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Colorado and California.
Out of these there was only one other Middle School team which made it into the San Francisco finals. All other teams were from High Schools, with most of the participants being around the age of 18 years old and in German 4. It was impressive how our 8th grade students were able to compete after only one year of German lessons. The three-day program included hotel stay, a sightseeing tour, German food, a German soccer jersey, watching German educational movies about the history of German soccer and a six-hour language competition session. The winning team was from Utah and they won a trip to Germany during Spring break. Our German teacher, Ms. Rosello, hopes to have another team of students from the school compete next year as well.
Here is a little about the Institute in San Francisco:
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. They promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation for over 60 years in over 90 countries.