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Trent University hosts annual Ontario High School German Contest

Trent University was pleased to welcome 45 high school students from across the province to the annual Ontario High School German Contest on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.

Organized and sponsored by the German Studies section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the contest was an opportunity for secondary school students from all regions of Ontario to get to know one another, to participate in social activities highlighting the culture and language of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and finally to compete in a series of written and oral examinations designed to test their written and spoken German.

The tests took place on Saturday morning, and the contest concluded with an Awards Dinner in the Lady Eaton College Dining Hall on Saturday evening. Prizes for the winners and runners-up included flights to Europe, summer language courses in Germany, audio equipment, and computers, and were generously donated by the German government, Lufthansa, BMW, and Siemens Canada.

Guests at Saturday's Awards Dinner included the Provincial Organizing Committee as well as delegates from the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut Toronto. Trent was represented by Vice-President (Academic) and Provost Susan Apostle-Clark, German Studies Professors Arndt Krüger, Michael Graves, and Ilona Wille, and the social host for the weekend, graduating Trent student Alexandra Kaempffer.

The students, who were the winners of preliminary German contests held in their respective school board districts, spent the weekend in the Lady Eaton College student residence and took part in guided tours of the Trent campus, the Peterborough Lift Lock, and the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Posted May 18, 2005


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