On Thursday, April 23, 2023, the Center for European Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison co-sponsored the 31st “German Day” in Union South on campus. Since 1990, students of German from high schools and middle schools have been showcasing their knowledge of German through poetry readings, spelling competitions, skit presentations, Pictionary, charades, solo and ensemble music performances, and a poster and meme competition.
A total of 352 students representing 21 middle school and high school German programs from throughout Wisconsin traveled to campus to participate in German Day.
The theme this year was Bunte Welt, which celebrates the beauty of a world that is multicolored and diverse. Students celebrated this theme through all of the activities.
Volunteer judges from the UW campus community were impressed by students’ artistic and musical abilities, their expressive poetry performances and skits, and their achievements in spelling, charades, and Pictionary.
German Day is a major outreach initiative of UW’s German+ Program in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+ and the College of Letters & Science. Over the past 31 years, thousands of students have participated, many of whom continue their study of German in college, including at UW-Madison!