Mt. Juliet High School German students turned some heads and broke a few records recently at the German State Competition at Vanderbilt University.
According to Mt. Juliet German teacher Janine Zahuczky, Mt. Juliet was one of three public schools to compete at the primarily magnet and private school event. She said 11 schools participated, and Mt. Juliet had the largest turnout in history with 22 students in competition.
“We were strong in spelling and German cultural knowledge, scoring two first wins at state,” Zahuczky said. “I am very proud of the work my students did at Vanderbilt University, as there were very strong German programs in attendance, and 150 students competed overall.”
Mt. Juliet German students Margaret Adkins, Ethan Roberts, Regan Ingalls and Joseph Donahue won the Goethe Bowl in levels 1 and 2 without missing a question. The students answered 40 questions correctly in three straight rounds.
The team of Samantha McKinley, Olivia Gaston, Duncan McCampbell and Hannah Hagans finished second in the Goethe Bowl in levels 3 and 4.
“This was a difficult round, which addressed politics and modern events,” Zahuczky said. “Their knowledge is impressive.”
The team of Roberts, Ingalls, Taylor Marvel and Megan Phillips won the spelling bee in German levels 1 and 2.
The team of McCampbell, Harley Pendleton and Brendan Parish received an honorable mention in the spelling bee in German levels 3 and 4.
“This team tied for finals against MBA, but was defeated as our team had three people, and theirs had 4,” Zahuczky said.
Ingalls finished third in poetry recitation in reciting “Mein blaues Klavier” by Else Lasker-Schüler.
The team of Gideon Garcia, Becca Reynolds, Donahue, McKinley and Matthew Bochniak as actors won the skit competition in German levels 1 and 2 with “Romeo gegen Julia.” Roberts wrote the script.
McCampbell finished third in music German level 3 with “I’m Yours.”
With Amber Shugart as director and Parish as editor, the pair won the video competition in German level 2 for their video, “Mt. Juliet.”
Marvel finished second in sweet baking and won savory baking in German level 2. Adkins finished second in savory baking, and Joseph Grah finished third.
Hannah Hagans finished second and Adkins finished third in level 2 extemporaneous speaking.
“This is the hardest category, as a topic for speech is given, and students have one minute to compose their thoughts and speak on a topic in German in front of a crowd,” Zahuczky said.