Two were recently recognized for their essays on Germany in a nationwide contest that resulted in one township student winning first place and a second earning honorable mention.
Emily Silverman won first place and Matt Calapatia earned honorable mention among 150 essays submitted nationwide.
“I was surprised. I didn’t think it was real," Silverman said. "I really didn’t think I won because there were a bunch of classes that entered. I didn’t think it was good enough to win first place."
Her mother, Kate, was just as excited for her.
“I was thrilled for her," she said. "I felt that it was a confidence builder for her and a great way to finish middle school. It was very exciting.”
Marianne Jones, their German teacher, had the class submit an essay for the German Information Center USA, part of the German Embassy. She receives a weekly newsletter “German in the classroom” via email from the embassy.
Jones credits the students' previous English teachers for helping to mold their writing.
“A wonderful tribute or feather in the cap for their earlier writing teachers," Jones said. "You can’t pinpoint where they learn their writing skills.”
“I was very excited. I said to my husband, 'I haven’t been this excited in a long time," Jones said.
Silverman won a gift card to Amazon.com and Calapatia won a basket of goodies from the embassy. Jones also received a gift certificate to Amazon.com.