300 High School Students Visit the 44th German High School Day at UIC

Zach Fitzpatrick who organized High School Day and the German Graduate Student team

The Department of Germanic Studies hosted its annual German High School Day last Friday (February 22) in Student Center East. 300 students from 12 high schools from the Chicagoland area participated in a variety of German language and culture focused competitions, such as Poetry Recitation, Culture Essay, Skits, and Spelling Bee. German major Zuka’a Joudeh welcomed students explaining how studying German has provided her with many research and study abroad opportunities.  German Club president Nick Beard and vice president Katherine Andrew took students on a campus tour exploring the Language and Culture Learning Center, classrooms, and the Daley Library IDEA Commons. The amazing Germanic Studies Department graduate students under the leadership of Head TA Zach Fitzpatrick, as well as Germanic Studies faculty and honorary guests from the Swiss and German consulates, Advantage Austria, and the Goethe Institute judged the final rounds. Students took home trophies for first, second, and third place in each category.