students in German 4 and Advanced Placement German recently earned second place in the Do Deutsch video contest through the University of Missouri-St. Louis, according to information released by .
The video, “Ein Verrückter Traum" (A Crazy Dream) was written and produced by students Dean Sindel, Quaid Besing, David Dieckhaus, Alexandra Davis, Robbie Lueken, Nick Bush and Greg Leonard. Click here to view the video.
Larry Marsh, director of the German Culture Center, described the video as, “entertaining, creative, well produced, with excellent use of German." As a result of their second place finish, the school received a $200 prize.
Sindel said the group came up with the idea centered around a crazy dream after their teacher, Christie Staszcuk, suggested doing some sort of short story, such as a fairy tale. "At that point, our group decided to think of the craziest things that we could, and somehow find a way to incorporate them into the video," he said.
Staszcuk, who has taught German for 13 years, said in a Rockwood communications she is extremely proud of her students. "This is one of the best groups of students I have ever had at this level; they are very creative and diligent about speaking German in class."
"I was very excited when I read about this competition, because I knew it would be an opportunity for the students to showcase their German skills,” she said.