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South Forsyth High School successful at German competition

SOUTH FORSYTH — South Forsyth High won Best School at a recent statewide German language and culture competition earlier this month, outpacing what were described as veteran programs across Georgia.

The honor came during the American Association of Teachers of German Georgia 2016 State German Convention at Camp Jackson.

Over the past 16 months, the “newly revamped German program at South has brought together a rich extracurricular program and a rigorous study of the German language and culture,” according to Maggie Gustavus, world languages department chair at South.

“Students are thriving in this environment, which has included the organization of a German Holiday Market for the children of the community and the building and tear down of a mock Berlin Wall on the South Forsyth campus,” she said.

Under the leadership of Jonas Strecker, students from the school on Peachtree Parkway took first or second place awards in the following categories: poetry declamation; extemporaneous speaking; storytelling; game development; baking; role play; lip sync; written language test; and vocabulary test.

“What impressed me the most of the students was not how well they performed in the various competitions, but how well they came together as a team, from freshmen to seniors. I am very proud of them,” Strecker said.

Participants and winners at the convention include: Samantha Baker, Shalin Bhandari, JT Cavalenes, Erin Flanagan, Sascha Jakobs, Lauren James, Aidan Killer, Chani Kotscher, Chloe Nathan, Beembie Ngamdee, Calvin Nix, Kimberly Ohrstrom, Matthew Powell, Jordan Ray, Harris Rothaermel, Samantha Seely, Jessica Tang, Laura Wagner and Christine Yang.

More than 1,800 students at South take German, French, Latin and Spanish classes, ranging from Level 1 to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. At last count, just more than 2,300 students were enrolled at South.