Chaminade German scholars were recognized by the Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German during an annual "Preisessen," or "awards dinner" this week. Eight students placed near or above the 90th percentile in a challenging nationwide test administered earlier this year and received awards for their scores.
Eric Spiegel '17 was nominated for the association's senior trip. In the category for German II students, Brian Willman '19 and Brendan Fitzgerald '19 took fourth and seventh place, respectively. In level III, Dylan Fischer '18 and Michael Zuschlag '18 share the fourth-place prize, while Collin Fischer '18 placed fifth. German IV student Peter Camporeale '18 earned a second-place award. Edward Flaherty '17 finished in third place in level V.
A representative from the German Consulate New York, Anna Garrido, was also on-hand to speak with students. Participants came from schools across Long Island.
"We're always proud of the performance of our students," said Chaminade German IV and V teacher Bro. Richard Hartz, S.M. '59. "While the award is the greatest prize from the competition, we hope that our students have developed a love for the German language and culture and a desire to continue their course of language study after they have graduated."
The qualifying exam is given to Chaminade students during a special assembly period. It is offered digitally, so students may complete the test's two sections – reading and listening – using their school-issued iPads.
In the following photo, Spiegel and Flaherty are seen kneeling from left to right. Standing, from left, are Chaminade Principal Bro. Joseph Bellizzi, S.M. '78, German I and II teacher Dr. Judith Hecker, Fitzgerald, Willman, Camporeale, Colin Fischer, Dylan Fischer, Zuschlag, German III teacher Mr. Patrick Young, and Bro. Richard.