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On Feb. 2, students in the German classes at New Braunfels High School participated in the annual Sprachfest competition held at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Several competitors placed in the Top Five that allows them to advance to the state level competition scheduled for Feb. 23 at Texas State University.
1st Place Polka Band: Coby Albrecht, John Armstrong, Joshua Congdon, Luke Liechty, Mackenzie Lusk, Jacob Leal, Joseph Pickett, Seth Underwood, Samuel Smith, Devan Brandalick, Nathanael Green
1st Place Upper Puppet Show: Coby Albrecht, Evan Erickson, Jacob Leal, Joseph Pickett, Foxx Sweeney, Kamberlyn Wilson
2nd Place Video Show: Alec Pennings, Mark Armstrong, Coby Albrecht, Camaryn Earle, Jacob Leal, Matthew Carreon, Phoenix Piercy, Evan Bowen
2nd Place Pass Auf! Varsity: Evan Bowen, Kaja Vollen, Devan Brandalick, Camaryn Earle, Alec Pennings, Nathan Bowen
2nd Place Original Model: Evan Bowen
2nd Place Vocal Solo: Samuel Smith
3rd Place Craft: Kaja Vollen and Camaryn Earle
4th Place Culture Test: Evan Bowen
4th Place Reading Comprehension: Evan Erickson
4th Place Photo Essay: Jenna Korpi and Alec Pennings
According to the NBHS German Club Sponsor Jennifer Bliss, the students have the option to compete in more than 40 events that encompass music, arts, speaking, dancing, as well as general knowledge of the German language and the culture of German speaking countries. They often compete in sometimes up to 4-5 events.
Pass Auf! is a trivia game that requires the contestants to know about German history as well as historical figures in science, math, art, music, literature, and politics. They also need to know the geography of Germany and other German speaking countries.
Students that compete in the arts events generally need to know a lot about German culture and have to tie that in to their art piece in some way. The original model needs to be a re-creation of something that can be found in a German speaking country. Evan Bowen decided to recreate a castle for his original model, so he had to research the castle and wrote a short report on the back of his model about that castle.
The Puppet Show includes writing an original script in German, creating the puppets, and memorizing the lines, so that they are able to perform in front of the judges.
The Photo Essay includes writing an original story in German and writing it on a poster board with pictures that illustrate the story.
The Video Show was a new event for the students and again included writing an original script in German and then filming the video. The general theme of the Video Show is a documentary or an original screenplay. The Video Show group this year decided to do a historical piece with Bigfoot stealing an actress and falling in love with her.
The Polka Band has to play polka pieces originally written by German speaking composers. The Polka Band was under the direction of Mr. Jorge Flores this year. All of the Polka Band members also competed in Solo and Ensemble on the same day.
“Everyone is truly dedicated and they put a lot of time and effort into their entries,” said Bliss.
For those that have advanced to state, they have the opportunity to use critique sheets from the judges to improve their entry for the state competition.
Top Ten Finishers:
6th Place Culture Test: Nathan Bowen
6th Place Poetry Reading: Esther Santee
9th Place Prose Reading: Devan Brandalick
9th Place Vocal Solo: Matthew Carreon
10th Place Culture Test: Evan Erickson
The club sponsor is Jennifer Bliss and the polka band director is Jorge Flores.
CAPTION: Students in the German classes at New Braunfels High School participated in the annual Sprachfest competition held at The University of Texas at San Antonio on Feb. 2.
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