April 15, 2013
The following news release is shared on behalf of the Alaska Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. Congratulations to the ASD students listed below.
The attached photos are courtesy of Elisabeth Dick, South High School World Languages Chair
Contact: Allison Brandt, East High Teacher
Phone: (907) 742-2100
The Seventh Annual German Studies Awards Ceremony and Reception, sponsored by the Alaska Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), was held April 11 at East High School. The event recognized middle, high and university students in Alaska who have achieved excellence in their German studies. ASD Assistant Superintendent Darla Jones welcomed students to the event; Martin Buser, four-time Iditarod champion, spoke to students about his experience of immigrating to the United States from Switzerland and his experiences learning five languages including English. Also present were Anchorage School Board member Tam Agosti-Gisler and ASD World Languages Curriculum Coordinator Janice Gullickson. The majority of the students honored at this event were current ASD students or recent graduates.
Matthew Spence was honored as the recipient of the German Teaching Intern of the Year award. Matt is finishing up a masters degree in UAA’s MAT program. As part of his work towards his Master’s degree, Matt spent a rigorous year working in East High’s German department. There he distinguished himself as a teaching intern of exceptional talents and great promise.
Ioana Lobontiu received the German Learning Opportunities Website (GLOW) award given to an outstanding German student in each chapter of the AATG.
Connor Spencer received the Langenscheidt award, recognizing an outstanding German student in German in each chapter of the AATG. The Langenscheidt publishing company sponsors this award, and Connor received a German-English dictionary along with a certificate of achievement.
Jennifer Doerry of Eagle River High School received the Duden Teacher Award, granted each year to a teacher in each AATG chapter for excellence in the instruction of German.
UAA Outstanding German Student of the year:
UAA: Tom Honer
Outstanding German Students of the Year:
Outstanding Middle School German Student of the Year:
Rilke Schule Outstanding German Students of the Year:
Wilhelm Anderson, Michael Weese, Carolyn Tyson Guess, Canyon Jabaay, Sophia Hess, Roos Helgesen, Gwen Cooper, Cecilie Arroyo
The Alaska Chapter of AATG honored high school students who scored competitively on the National German Exams given by the AATG. The exams are designed for Levels 2, 3, and 4 and approximately 23,000 students in the USA took the exams this year. Students scoring in the 70th percentiles nationwide received bronze awards, those in the 80th percentiles received silver awards and those scoring in the 90th percentiles received gold awards.
The National German Exam of the AATG is designed for students enrolled in a traditional high school German language program from grades 9 to 12. Also noteworthy were results from students at Rilke Schule, an ASD German immersion school for grades K-8. A group of Rilke students took the Level III and IV exam, and these young learners showed the power of early learning in second language acquisition via their outstanding scores in the 70th, 80th, and 90th percentiles. The Alaska Chapter of AATG would like to congratulate:
Rilke – Silver:
Anja Lincke, Rooslan Helgesen Thomson, Hunter Eid, Mikaela Maroney, Gabriella Efird, Cecilie Arroyo and Gwendolyn Cooper
Rilke – Bronze:
Morgen Khachadoorian, Milana Stalder and Timo Schaetze