On the evening of April 3, during its annual Kaffeehaus program, the German department of Harford Christian School was officially recognized as the winner of a national competition of high school and college/university foreign language educational video productions.
Gert Wilhelm, representing the Federal Government of Germany, presented the first place award to Peggy Nickson, instructor of German at Harford Christian School. The presentation was made during Kaffeehaus, an annual event sponsored by the private Christian school in Darlington.
Organized by the German Agency for Schools Abroad, the competition was in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Grimm Brothers' collection of fairy tales, first published in 1812. Twenty school made the list of finalists.
In January, a panel of judges from advanced foreign language programs across the US announced that Harford Christian School's production of Der Rattenfänger von Hameln (The Pied Piper) was the winner.
A screening of the winning video took place during the Kaffeehaus program, followed by the official presentation. The award included recognition by the Federal Government of Germany, in addition to a cash prize.
Harford Christian School is just north of Dublin, and enrolls 420 students from KI-4 through high school. The school was founded in 1966.