Students in the classes of Frau Concannon and Frau Hodgdon delivered their recitations of German poetry before an audience of peers and volunteer judges.
Students had to remember a range of preselected pieces of poetry in German Levels 1-4, from short 8-line poems for young German audiences all the way to the difficult opening soliloquy spoken by Faust in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust: Der Tragödie erster Teil.
The judges included principal Gib West, several members of the English Department, and two ConVal alumns, Ian McKay (Class of 2012) who spent last year as a Fulbright scholar in Berlin, Germany, and Michelle Russell (Class of 2009) who has extensive experience in German at the college level.
The Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Contest is held annually at Hanover High School in early December. The competition gathers language students in French, German, Latin, and Spanish from a wide range of high schools to recite poems in their target language before a panel of judges and an audience of peers and teachers.
This year the competition will take place on Tuesday, December 12. Students will compete at different language levels throughout the morning. The event will culminate in the HHS Auditorium around 11:30 a.m. for the announcement of the winners.