Outdoor ‘Wunderbar’ scavenger hunt and awards ceremony bring German-language school students together after pandemic year apart

Twenty-one students inducted into Delta Epsilon Phi, National German Language Honor Society

Princeton/Holmdel, NJ – During this difficult school year, the nonprofit German language school, with locations in Holmdel, Princeton and Rumson (http://www.njlearnsgerman.org)taught classes virtually. Students came together in person and via Zoom to celebrate the end of school with two events: a virtual awards ceremony to celebrate students who passed the German language exam, graduated from German language and were inducted into the German National Honor Society and the German Junior Honor Society, and gathered May 25 for an afternoon scavenger hunt and socially distanced refreshments at Monmouth Battlefield State Park.

Michaela Greco, director of Holmdel, and Dorothea Drew, director of Princeton, as well asHelmut Kehlenbeck and Ingo Matthias, two of German language advisers of the German Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), hosted a videoconference to recognize students who passed the German Language Diploma, the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) National German Language Examination, as well as the induction of students into Delta Epsilon Phi , the German National Honor Society and the German National Junior Honor. Society. This year’s ceremony recognized students from the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years.

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PHOTO: Check in for the scavenger hunt at the German Language School Rally at Monmouth Battlefield State Park.

“More than 20,000 students take the national German exam every year. We are very proud of our students who now have the opportunity to pursue tuition-free post-secondary studies at universities and technical schools in Germany. We applaud their hard work and continued commitment to learning German,” said Holmdel Director Michaela Greco.

Princeton Principal Dorothea Drew added, “This past year has been especially challenging for students who have spent even more time online and dedicated extra class time outside of their regular school hours; we commend them for persevering and overcoming these unique learning challenges.

What are the exams and rewards for German language students?

The German language school is a partner school of the Agency of the Federal Republic of Germany for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), (http://www.pasch-net.de/deindex.htm), which tests students at six proficiency levels to earn the German Language Diploma. The ZfA supports German language schools worldwide with professional development, teaching and classroom materials, and funding. Students who demonstrate higher levels of comprehension and communication are eligible to study at universities and technical schools in German-speaking countries in Europe. The national German exam, administered annually to more than 20,000 high school students by the American Association of German Teachers (AATG), recognizes verbal and written proficiency at three levels of German. The test includes comprehension, reading and conversation skills, as well as the applied structure of grammar and idioms in context. The winners are:

German language diploma holders

Louis Doebbel, Holmdel

Nicholas Drew, Middletown

Gandolph Hug, Hillsborough

Mikyo Kalabacos, Princeton

Ruth Perl, Windsor West

Tatjana Roessle, South Amboy

Linus Stenull, tradesman

National German Examination/American Association of Teachers of German

Georgina Alsina, Princeton

William Bailey, Princeton

Jessica Clark, Cherry Hill

Julia Diez, Princeton Junction

Louis Doebbel, Holmdel

Emilia Emre, Brooklyn, NY

David Guhl, West Windsor

Lucas Janhofer, tradesman

Benjamin Koernig, Highlands

Alexander Maiorov, Princeton

Gabriel Markov, Plainsboro

Noah Meier, Princeton

Gianna Musa, Middletown

Lucas Ochsenkuehn, Brooklyn, NY

Julia Perl, Windsor West

Ruth Perl, Windsor West

Tarun Rajan, Holmdel

Katarina Roessle, South Amboy Kailash Sebastian Roessle, South Amboy

Kailash Senthilkumar, Edison

Jenna Serotta, Cherry Hill

Kaede Scholtz, Pennington

Tobia Ruth, Montclair

National Honor Society (2020 and 2021 inductees)

Leo Alexandroff, Princeton

Georgina Alsina, Princeton

George Bailey, Princeton

Louis Doebbel, Holmdel

Gandolph Hug, Hillsborough

Mikyo Kalabacos, Princeton

Boris Litvak, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Alexander Maiorov, Princeton

Gianna Musa, Middletown

Lucas Ochsenkuehn, Brooklyn, NY

Ruth Perl, Windsor West

Jenna Serotta, Cherry Hill

Linus Stenull, tradesman

Junior National Honor Society (2020 and 2021 inductees)

Oscar Alexandroff, Princeton

William Bailey, Princeton

Louis Doebbel, Holmdel

Elija Meier, Princeton

Noah Meier, Princeton

Katarina Roessle, South Amboy

Sebastian Roessle, South Amboy

Jonathan Rudinsky, Princeton

About the German language school

The non-profit German Language School (www.njlearnsgerman.org), offers language classes and cultural events for all ages in Holmdel, Rumson and Princeton and prepares students for the 21st world economy of the century. Our personalized programs include a mommy and me program for toddlers, K-12 classes and small group classes for adults, as well as private lessons. Students can access the region’s largest German-language multimedia lending library. A needs-based tuition assistance fund ensures that all families have access to our programs. The German Language School, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, admits students without regard to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, or ethnicity. Socialize with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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