German Student Awards Ceremony
Sunday May 22nd, Zion Church: Baltimore, MD
The German Society of Maryland and the Maryland/DC Metro Chapter of the AATG joined together on Sunday, May 22, to honor outstanding Maryland students of German at an awards ceremony in Zion Church’s historic Adlersaal. Parents, friends and teachers of about 75 students gathered to celebrate these achievements.
Amanda Sheffer, president of the AATG-MD/DC Metro chapter, and Anton Smoot, the president of the German Society, welcomed all to the ceremony. Andreas Gebert from the German Embassy, and Hal Boland, national president of the AATG, congratulated the students. This year the German Society presented awards of $1,000.00 each to three outstanding college students, who are majoring in German. These students are Austin Bourgerie, Thomas Harris, and Andrew Nixon. All three were students at UMCP. The German Society also gave awards of $400.00 to two students who are minoring in German. These students are Jennifer Kahn from Towson University and Caleb Metcalf from UMBC.
This is the fifth year in a row that the German Society is giving an outstanding high school student the opportunity to study in Germany during the summer with the AATG Summer Program. The winner of this year’s Gerhard Meinzer Summer Scholarship is Sarah Ross, a student at Fallston High School. Sarah is an honor student as well as a member of the International Thespian Society and the Fallston Dance Company. She has chosen to study in Bonn this summer. She will live with a German family and study at a German high school.
Eleanor Young, the winner of the 2015 Gerhard Meinzer Summer Scholarship, presented on her trip outside of Leipzig, Germany. Eleanor is a student at North County High School. She showed pictures of her host family, school friends, and the many places they visited. She loved Berlin, but was especially fond of Dresden. Lauren Beckjord, the winner of last year’s AATG Summer Trip, also gave her presentation. Lauren agreed with Eleanor that the culture shock was more than just the language difference, but it was still a great experience.
For entertainment during the ceremony, a member of the Maryland Lyric Opera, Matthew Woorman, and former German student at The Catholic University of America, sang several opera selections.
Thanks to Marian Graham, the AATG Chapter Testing Chair, who organized the event on a wonderful program. She called out the names of this year’s high school student winners.
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Awards & Highlights
Katrina Griffin named Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) teacher of the year!
NECTFL Teacher of the Year: Katrina Griffin
Congratulations to Katrina Griffin of North County High School who was chosen at NECTFL's teacher of the year 2016. The AATG Maryland-DC Metro board would like to congratulate one of its own, Katrina Griffin, on her highly successful year! Ms.Griffin was named Maryland Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in the fall by the Maryland Foreign Language Association (MFLA), and then went on to compete at the regional level, winning the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages(NECTFL) Teacher of the Year Award this February. She will continue on as one of the top five finalists for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages(ACTFL) Teacher of the Year Award. Ms. Griffin teaches German at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland and is also a finalist for Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year Award. She is best known for her innovations in STEM education, her involvement with the College Board, her mentorship of new teachers and the professional development she has provided at state, regional and national conferences, among other accomplishments. If you plan on attending the ACTFL conference this fall in Boston, please join us in attending the opening ceremonies to cheer on Ms. Griffin!
German Center of Excellence
Local public school, North County High School, was recently honored by AATG at this year's awards ceremony in San Diego. North County High School was chosen for this award based on their proficiency- and standards-based curriculum, cultural and student exchanges and efforts to align the German and STEM curricula. Read more about becoming a German Center of Excellence and other awardees
German Embassy Teacher of Excellence: Cora Hofstetter
AATG -MD member Cora Hofstetter has been chosen as one of the 2015 German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award recipients. The award is given annually to three educators who are new to the profession and have helped grow the German program at their schools. Ms. Hofstetter emphasises learner-centerd instruction and learning through group problem-solving. She has also organized an exchange with Bremerhaven, Germany with the help of members of the German Society of Maryland. Ms. Hofstetter teaches German and Spanish at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Ms. Hofstetter would like to thank the board members of the AATG Maryland-DC Metro chapter for their nomination for the award and for all of their support.