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German diplomas awarded to South Forsyth High students
German diploma
From left, Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden, Stefani Legall-Riddle, Mary Claire Toms, Taylor Fries, Margaret Lonsway, Declan Liming, Winston Rothaermel, Jonas Strecker, Nicolette Gahleitner.

Eight students at South Forsyth High School were awarded a German Language Diploma by school system officials and representatives from the German government as recognition for their success on the “DSD 1” German Language Exam last year.

According to a press release, students Elena Benatti, Dylan Brennan, Taylor Fries, Declan Liming, Margaret Lonsway, Adithya Ramanujam, Winston Rothaermel and Mary Claire Toms were awarded the German Language Diploma during a ceremony held at the school on Wednesday afternoon.

The release states that the DSD 1 exam is part of a program that will allow students to smoothly transition from high school to a university in Germany after graduation.

“College tuition in the U.S. has been spiraling out of control recently, so having the option to earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or even Ph.D. in Germany at no cost other than living expenses is an opportunity for American students that could save them thousands of dollars,” South Forsyth German teacher Jonas Strecker said in the release. “Even taking the exam is free because the program is sponsored by the German government.”

South Forsyth is also being recognized by the German government as one of only 18 new German Language Diploma (DSD) schools in the world “due to the excellent German program and the many years of development work of South’s highly-motivated and committed German teachers.”

“South Forsyth High School will be joining a very select network of DSD schools worldwide,” the release stated.