Bethel Park High School German students earned three First Place, three Second Place and two Third Place Awards at the 2020 American Association of Teachers of German’s Three Rivers German Day Competition, which this year was conducted virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Bethel Park’s eight awards were the most of any of the eight competing schools.
Earning First Place were junior Abby Cannon in the Proverb Posters competition with her interpretation of “Viele Bache machen einen Strom,” which translates to “Many brooks make a river;” sophomore Willow Hernishin in the Poetry Writing event with her original German poem, “Neue Anfange,” which translates to “New Beginnings;” and sophomore Kaitlyn Wiard in the Painting category for her rendering of Neuschwanstein Castle.
Second Place Awards were earned by Abby Cannon in the Poetry Recitation category with her recorded rendition of Wilhelm Muller’s “Mut!” which translates to “Courage;” junior Benjamin Sommer in Fiction Writing for his original German short story, “Der Kampf enier Tochter,” which translates to “The Struggle of a Daughter” and Kaitlyn Wiard in the Drawings category for her sketch of Anne Frank.
Junior Kerrianne Troesch earned Third Place in the Poetry Recitation category with her video performance of Henrich Heine’s “Es fallt ein Stern herunter,” which translates to “There Falls a Star,” as did Kaitlyn Wiard in the Proverb Posters Category for her interpretation of the proverb, “Einem geschenkten Gaul schaut man nichts ins Maul,” which translates to “You don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”
The students are taught by Bethel Park High School German Teacher Christopher Tobias.
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