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Eban and Benjamin will represent the USA at the world finals of IDO in summer 2020 in Dresden!

Congratulations to Eban and Benjamin who will travel to Dresden from July 26 to August 8, 2020 and compete with German language learners from 75 different countries in the largest German language competition in the world. On this trip, the two students will be chaperoned by Eban's German teacher Szilvia Oszko. She will receive a scholarship from the Goethe-Institut to attend a professional development seminar especially designed for German teachers.  She will also be present at the final competition and cheer for our students!

HOW DID THEY WIN?
After their German teachers signed them up in Fall 2019, Eban and Benjamin competed in the online round that took place October 15-18, 2019.  They were among the 14 best students selected from 280 to compete in Chicago.   

IDO USA FINAL ROUND IN CHICAGO

On December 6 and 7, the Goethe-Institut Chicago hosted 14 students from ten different states across the US. They represent the top 5% of German language learners in the US and came from the following 12 schools: 

Language Level A2: 
Mt Lebanon High School, PA
Thomas Jefferson High School, VA
New Prague High School, MN
Lincoln Sudbury High School, MA
Bettendorf High School, IA
Thomas Jefferson High School, VA
John Burroughs High School, MO

Language Level B1:
Mt Lebanon High School, PA
Conval High School, NH
Wilson High School, SC
Mahopac High School, NY
River Bluff High School, SC
Wellesley High School, MA
Lincoln East High School, NE

After a short welcome and a trip to the Willis Tower, the students had their work cut out for them. They had to compete in three rounds in which their reading, writing and speaking skills were assesed by Goethe-Institut Chicago teachers. Afterwards, in the evening, there was time to relax and recooperate. They tried Deep Dish pizza, a Chicago speciality, and visited the famous Christkindl Market. 

On Saturday morning, the final competition round began: in groups of 3-4 students, they had 60 minutes to prepare a creative interactive presentation (in German, of course!) on a topic not known to them beforehand. Then they had 10 minutes to present it in front of our expert jury consisting of Petra Roggel, Director of the Goethe-Institut Chicago, Colin Benert, Lecturer in Germanistic Studies at University of Chicago, Zach Fitzpatrick, PhD Candidate in Germanic Studies at UIC, Katja Fullard, Head of the Language Department at Goethe-Institut Chicago and Theresa Fuchs, Language Consultant at Goethe-Institut Chicago. 

All presentations were well-prepared, creative and excellent and the jury had a difficult time choosing the best candidates. Taking the total number of points from Day 1 and Day 2 into consideration, Eban and Benjamin are the well-deserved winners who will represent the United States of America at the Final Round of the International German Olympics in Dresden, Germany.  Both winners receive an all expenses paid round-trip to Germany, a city guide to Dresden, and a backpack. However, most important are the German language skills that they will bring with them. 

The Goethe-Institut Chicago would like to thank the jury, the parents and teachers of the participants, and the participants themselves for this fair, fun and engaging competition. 

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