The Declamation Contest consists of four divisions:
- Division I (first-year students)
- Division II (second-year students)
- Division III (third-sixth year students and above)
- Division IV (third-sixth year) one student per school
Students should memorize one poem of their choice in their category. Only one student per school may participate in Division IV. This student will recite a poem from memory in Graham Chapel. All students in Division III will receive a prize. Participation in Divisions I, II, and III is limited to three students per school in each division. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in each division. Students with native or near-native speaking ability should—according to AATG guidelines—participate in activities other than the declamation contests or spelling bees.
Poems for 2017:
Schools are allowed to submit more than one poster. All posters should have approximately the following format: 30” x 40”. We no longer insist upon foam board. Posters may be prepared by individuals or by a group. Teachers should ensure that posters are in good taste. The German Department reserves the right not to display posters that might violate the standards of the Washington University community.
For each poster, prepare three 3x5 index cards which clearly indicate:
o the name(s) of the creators
o the teacher’s name
o the school’s name
The first card should be given to the activity coordinator when the poster is submitted. The second card should be securely attached to the lower front left corner of the poster. The third card should be affixed to the back of the poster.
Posters will be judged by members of the German Department. The results of the contest will be available by the conclusion of German Day. Judges will be selecting winners based upon the following criteria: creativity, originality, overall aesthetic appearance, relation to the German Day theme, and good use of German language and culture.
First, second, and third prizes will be awarded, if possible. These may be group prizes rather than individual prizes if more than one student worked on the poster. Prize-winning posters may be retained by the German Department.
Posters may be picked up shortly after 12:30. Leftover posters will be taken to the German Department, but will be stored there for only a short time.
We will offer an exciting and rewarding experience for students taking part in the Schnitzeljagd: Teams, which must consist of 3-5 students, will receive a list with questions in German (questionnaires will vary) about different places on campus. Prizes will be awarded to the team that answers the most questions correctly, in the shortest amount of time (the pickup time will be noted on each questionnaire). Teams will be able to deliver their answer sheets and pick up their prizes at a table set up by the Office of Admissions, where they will also find refreshments and information on various Washington University undergraduate programs. Prizes will be awarded at regular intervals so that several teams may win. The starting point for the Schnitzeljagd is the German department office in Ridgley 319. A helpful vocabulary list will aid students in understanding the questions, and to make this year's Schnitzeljagd more interesting, we have deleted some questions and added new ones.
Please see the General Registration Form to indicate the number of students from your school who will participate in this event.
2017 Schnitzeljagd Vocabulary List coming soon...
We encourage schools to have their students present a skit, no more than ten minutes in length. We will be able to accommodate up to 10 skits. Skits will be judged on the basis of a combination of best costume, best acting, and best use of German language. We will assign times so that students and teachers can view the skit of their choice (we will also try to reconcile these times with the spelling bee slots). Prizes or certificates for the winning skit(s) may be awarded to the group rather than the individuals, if a large number of students participated in one skit.
Guidelines: 2017 guidelines coming soon...
The following documents are available for download.
In place of the video contest we've had in past years, we will be trying something new this year, in a team trivia event.
We are modeling this after the traditional American trivia night or "pub quiz," NOT like a Quiz Bowl. There will be no buzzers or anything like that. Teams of up to five students will compete, similar to the Schnitzeljagd. A moderator will read outa question and the team will have one minute in which to confer and write down their response for each question. Categories for this year will be Food & Drink, Geography, Sports & Arts, Famous People, Life, and History.