On Tuesday, April 25th, the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted its 28th “German Day” from the Union South on the UW-Madison campus. Since 1990, students of German from high schools and middle schools around Wisconsin have been showcasing their learning of the German language and its cultures through poetry readings, spelling bees, skit presentations, Pictionary, charades, singing, both solo and ensemble, and a poster competition. This year there were 30 middle schools & high schools, 32 dedicated German teachers (+ additional chaperones!), 511 enthusiastic & hardworking students, 32 eager volunteers, at the event.
This year’s theme, “beieinander, füreinander, miteinander”, meaning “side by side, with each other, for each other,” celebrated collaboration and the importance of working together. Over the past 28 years, more than 17,000 students from Wisconsin high schools and middle schools have participated in German Day.
Thirteen students from DeForest Area High School attended this year’s event. The group earned a special honors award for participating in the event each of the 28 years!