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Events

Native/Heritage Speakers:

Students who are German, have lived in Germany for more than 6 months, or can be considered "native speakers" by our judges may compete in poetry, speaking, and reading events, but they are only eligible to win Honorable Mention in these categories. Native Speakers can compete in a native-speaker level only spelling bee. All winners will have their names called at the award ceremony and can win a t-shirt.

2020 Competitive Events and Judging Criteria

Art Displays

Art Displays can be made by individuals, small groups or an entire class. Displays must include a title and short description / explanation in German, name of the school, teacher and artists. Displays will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and aesthetic appearance.

Comics

Comics can be made by individuals or small groups and must include a title in German, the name of the school, teacher and artists. Comics will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, use of the comic medium to tell a story, creativity, originality and general appeal. Comics entries may be submitted as hard copies or online. Hard copy comics entires may be submitted for judging on German Day; online comics entries may be submitted via this form (form will be available when registration opens December 16, 2019) by the submission deadline 11:59pm February 14, 2020.

German for All (Deutsch für alle) 

German for All allows you to promote German language and culture in your community! For example, students might create promotional posters for German, teach basic German words and phrases to an elementary class, foster a city partnership or exchange program, have a German bake sale or "Taste of Germany" fair, perform a musical piece from a German composer—the possibilities are endless! Upon completing the project or activity, students should submit electronically a written description, digital photo album or PowerPoint presentation to us, complete with evidence such as pictures, videos, URLs, etc. Entries will be judged on how effectively contestants promote the study of German. Please convert your submission to an unlisted YouTube video. If you search online, you can find directions for easily converting photos, Powerpoint presentations, etc. to this format.

Submission form will be available when registration opens December 16, 2019.

Submission deadline 11:59pm February 14, 2020.

Karaoke Videos

5 minutes max per student or group.

Students create a video recording of themselves individually, in pairs or in groups singing along to or covering a song. They can sing along to a recording, such as a YouTube or karaoke song video or play their own instruments. Here’s an example of a song cover video in German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0QyeMuFIdc (from minute 00:20 on)

Musical performances will be judged on accuracy, style, ability to communicate through music. Performers will also be judged on how their performance and song choice relates to this year’s German Day theme.

Submission form will be available when registration opens December 16, 2019.

Submission deadline 11:59pm February 14, 2020. Technical tips: rehearse before filming and make sure sound and picture are clear.

Music

8 minutes max. per student or group--this includes set-up and break-down time.

Students can perform music individually, in pairs or in groups. Before each performance, students must explain briefly in German what they will perform. Musical performances will be judged on accuracy, style, ability to communicate through music. Performers will also be judged on their use of the German language and culture and to the extent possible, how their performance relates to this year’s theme of German Day. 3 entries max. per school.

Poetry

5 minutes max. per student.

There are 4 levels. Each participant will recite one German poem from memory. The recitation must include the poem’s title and author. Students will be judged on pronunciation, phrasing, presentation, interpretation and accuracy. 2 entries per school per level. See 2019 poems here.

Poster Project

There are 2 levels of poster project: Beginner and More Advanced. Each school is allowed up to 3 entries per level.Poster projects  will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and general appeal.

For this poster project, students should present an important historical event related to the topic of diversity. Poster projects may shed light on the agency and achievements of minority figures in German history, or highlight the diverse forms of discrimination minorities have faced in Germany historically, and continue to face today.

Suggested events for poster project

Presentation - Highlighting Diversity

Presentations are performed live: 3-5 minutes maximum per student or group.

There are 2 levels of presentations: Beginner and More Advanced. Each school is allowed up to 3 entries per level. Presentations will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and general appeal.

Conceptualize a project that highlights diversity either in a specific community in Germany, or in a community, in which you are yourself involved (for example, your school, a local organization, a town or a city).  

A “project” includes but is not limited to an event, a kind of memorial structure, an exhibition or an initiative. 

Students should use visual aids such as powerpoint or a handout to accompany their presentation, but may not use notes or include text in the powerpoint/ handout. 

Students may work alone on this presentation, or in groups of up to four students in size.

Students may consider the following projects/organizations as examples

Reading

5 minutes max. per student.

There are 4 levels. Students will be given a text they have never seen before and have 1–2 minutes to look it over. They will then read the text for the judges. Hint: Texts are based on the German Day theme. Readings are judged on pronunciation, accuracy and fluency. 2 entries per school per level.

Speaking 

5 minutes per student or group.

There are 4 levels. The contestants at each level will interact orally with the judges and other students, if applicable. In addition to questions relating to the German Day theme of the year, judges may introduce any of the following topics: Wie geht's?, meine Familie, meine Hobbys, mein Zimmer, im Klassenzimmer, das Haus, Kleidung, Essen und Trinken, das Wetter, Sport, die Arbeit, in der Schule, letzten Sommer, eine Reise, Pläne für die Zukunft, Filme, Bücher, mein(e) Lieblings _____. Students may also introduce topics. Judgments will be based on pronunciation, grammatical accuracy, quantity and fluency. 2 entries per school per level.

Spelling Bee 

There are 3 levels (beginner, more advanced, native speaker). The spelling bee words will be all in German. If a word has an umlauted vowel the student should say a-umlaut, o-umlaut, or u-umlaut in order to properly distinguish it from an un-umlauted vowel. The difficulty/length of the words will increase as the competition progresses (i.e. normal spelling bee rules). Once a student misses, s/he is out of the competition. In case of ties, an unpublished tie-breaker list will be used.

2019 Spelling Bee Words, Level 1

2019 Spelling Bee Words, Level 2

2019 Spelling Bee Words, Native Speakers

Videos

10 minutes max. per video.

Students produce a video in German as an individual or group. There are 2 levels: entry level and more advanced level students. Videos will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality, comprehensibility and general appeal. Content should be PG-13 and original.

Submission form will be available when registration opens December 16, 2019.

Submission deadline 11:59pm February 14, 2020. Technical tips: rehearse before filming and make sure sound and picture are clear.

Website Design

Students produce a website in German as an individual or group. There are 2 levels: entry level and more advanced level students. Websites will be judged on their relation to the German Day theme, use of the German language and culture, creativity, originality and general appeal. If you must use material you do not create yourself, do so sparingly and cite all sources. Plagiarism means automatic disqualification. Click here to view past website entries.

Submission form will be available when registration opens December 16, 2019.

Submission deadline 11:59pm February 14, 2020.