Eight German students from Brazoswood High School competed Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Texas State German Contest held at Texas State University in San Marcos. Every year roughly 1000 German students from middle and high schools throughout Texas compete in 36 events representing a wide range of interests, including competitions in music, academic knowledge, arts and crafts, extemporaneous and conversational speaking, skits, and declamation. Among the popular events are the "Pass auf!" ("Pay attention!") quiz bowl, folk dancing, polka band, and gingerbread house construction. Participants compete at their level of German, and are awarded ribbons and trophies in individual and group events. Schools receive sweepstakes points based on their success, and compete for overall sweepstakes honors.
The following students from Brazoswood High School placed at the Texas State German competition:
Vocal Solo – 2nd place – Jessica Clayton
T-shirt design – 2nd place – Rayna Newcomb and Emily Zuniga
Culture 3 – 1st place – Skyler Strobel
Pass auf! – 3rd place Jason Dedas, Alyssa Maeda, George Braun, Skyler Strobel
Crafts - 10th place Audrey Colgrove, Ellie Kiihne
To qualify for the state contest, students must have ranked in the top five in an event at one of the three regional contests that were held Feb. 4: Sprachfest (South Texas) in San Antonio, Houstonfest (East Texas) in Houston, and Winterfest (North Texas) in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Within the contest system, approximately 1500 students from 90 schools will participate.
Winterfest was first held in 1972, Sprachfest was added in 1976 and Houstonfest in 1980. The Texas State German Contest was introduced in 1982 to allow students to move to the next level of competition. The three regional contests and state contest comprise the largest German contest system in the United States. More information on the Texas State German Contest can be found at www.texasstategermancontest.org
Congratulations to Sonja Cooper, German teacher and the students of Brazoswood for your great success!