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German Students Honored at Local German Day Competition

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Bethel Park High School German Honors and AP German students claimed five 1st-place, one 2nd-place, and three 3rd-place awards at the 22nd annual AATG Three Rivers German Day Competition, which was held at Washington & Jefferson College on March 3, 2022.  Bethel Park’s nine awards were the most of any of the twelve schools in attendance.

Bethel Park claimed four awards for writing.  Senior Willow Hernishin placed second in Poetry Writing with her original German poem “Traumlandschaften” (“Dream Landscapes”).  Senior Shelby Yonish won first prize in the Fiction Writing category with her original German short story “Drei donnernde Tiere” (“Three Thundering Animals”).  Yonish also earned third place in the Non-Fiction Writing category, which required students to write a simulated email in German explaining why they study the language. Junior Mira Weston placed first in Non-Fiction Writing.

In the art categories, Bethel Park claimed three awards.  Senior Ella Voskamp took first prize in the Drawings category with her depiction of the development of German soldiers’ uniforms throughout history, and freshman Lily Janus placed third with her drawing of the mythological creature known as “der Wolpertinger.”  Senior Kaitlyin Wiard earned first prize in the Paintings category with her painting depicting the fall of Berlin Wall entitled “Freedom.”

Bethel Park earned two awards in the performance categories as well.  Junior Jason Turske won the Poetry Recitation competition with his rendition of the Heinz Erhardt poem “Die polyglotte Katze” (“The Polyglot Cat”) and the music group consisting of senior Sean Burns, Turske, sophomores Jack Edner, Bella Logan, Parker Nelson and Jacob Kalogeris, and freshman Frederick Mach took third place in the Music competition with their acoustic version of the song “Royals und Kings” by the German pop group Glasperlenspiel.

This year marked the 16th time in the 22-year history of Three Rivers German Day that Bethel Park finished the competition with the most awards.

Also, it was recently announced that former BPHS German student Lily Wilson (Class of 2020) will receive the Maltz Scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh.  The scholarship recognizes excellence within the Pitt German program and helps deserving German students cover tuition costs.  While at BPHS, Lily was an officer in the German Club and a member of the school’s chapter of the Delta Epsilon Phi German National Honor Society.