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High School Day

Mark your calendars for next year's High School Day!

We look forward to welcoming you to UIC’s campus on March 4, 2022.

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What is High School Day?

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Each spring the Department of Germanic Studies hosts High School Day at UIC. German teachers and their students from throughout the Chicago area come to UIC to participate in various German language competitions, to visit undergraduate German classes, and to take part in language games.

The event starts at 9:30 am and ends at approximately 1:30 pm.

Herbert Quelle, Consul General,Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany; Petra Roggel, Director, Goethe-Institut Chicago; Joerg Oberschmied, Honorary Consul for Switzerland; Reinhold Krammer, Honorary Consul for Austria

Students compete in the following categories:

  • Poetry Recitation
  • Culture Essay
  • Skits in German
  • Spelling Bee
  • City Guide
  • Eindrücke von Amerika
  • Werbespot-Video
  • Program Cover Art Contest


Students are judged by a UIC panel in all categories and by Consular representatives, faculty and representatives of the Goethe Institut in the final round. Trophies are awarded to first, second, and third place in each category.


High school teachers have the opportunity to meet with the Department Head and Language Program Director over breakfast to talk about the current teaching situation at high schools and to discuss areas of cooperation between the schools and the Department of Germanic Studies.

Invitation, Guidelines, and Preparation Checklist

2020 Winners

  • Cover Art

    3rd: Claire Cohen (New Trier HS)

    2nd: Freya Freimark (Lake Zurich HS)

    1st: Keri Hrouda (Glenbard East)

  • Eindrücke von Amerika

    2nd: Kevin Greiner (Plainfield South HS)

    1st: Helena Kort (Lake Zurich HS)

  • Werbespot-Video

    3rd: McHenry HS

    2nd: Lake Zurich HS

    1st: New Trier HS

  • Spelling Bee

    3rd: Kayla Snaidauf (Carl Sandburg HS)

    2nd: Sarah Conley (Plainfield North HS)

    1st: Emily Hein (Maine South HS)

  • City Guide

    3rd: Maine South HS

    2nd: Lake Zurich HS

    1st: Glenbard East HS

  • Culture Essay

    3rd: Katherine Czarnik (Lake Zurich HS)

    2nd: Kai Lidke (Oswego East HS)

    1st: Anna Shah (New Trier HS)

  • Poetry

    3rd: Carissa Hudson (McHenry HS)

    2nd: William Chialdikas (Lake Zurich HS)

    1st: Sabrina Tossing (New Trier HS)

  • Skit

    3rd: Carl Sandburg HS

    2nd: Maine South HS

    1st: Glenbard East

German High School Day