DGS Students Earn National German Exam Recognition

DGS Students Earn National German Exam Recognition

South High students took the optional National German Exam in late 2019 and earned recognition for their performance. Seventeen students from South High earned awards based on their level in class.

  • German Level 2 Bronze: Lauren Norkus and Ensara Sejko
  • German Level 2 Achievement: Isabel Bowditch, James Clemens, Brodie Dubs, Phoebe Nikoloff, Brooke Patton, Abby Turek
  • German Level 3 Gold: Nick Schmidt-Bailey (Nicklas will receive an additional award at College of DuPage on April 26.)
  • German Level 3 Achievement: Vivian Lane, Bianka Kurcina, Canyon Stage, and Nolan Witt
  • German Level 4 Silver: Mark Haddleton
  • German Level 4 Achievement: Alexey Chekanov, Colin Dodd, Heather Lea

“We are incredibly proud of our students not only for taking this exam, but earning this prestigious recognition,” South High German teacher Sarah Moreno said. “We hope these students will continue their language studies beyond their high school career.” Janet Stock also teaches German at South High.


Level 2:  Lauren Norkus (Bronze), Ensara Sejko (Bronze), Brodie Dubs (Achievement)


Level 2:  Phoebe Nikoloff (Achievement), James Clemens (Bronze)


Level 2: Isabel Bowditch (Achievement), Brooke Patton (Bronze), Abby Turek (Achievement)


Level 3: Nick Schmidt-Bailey (Gold), Vivian Lane (Achievement), Nolan Witt (Achievement), Bianka Kurcina (Achievement), Canyon Stage (Achievement)

Level 4:  Colin Dodd (Achievement), Heather Lea (Achievement), Alexey Chekanov (Achievement), Mark Haddleton (Silver)

The National German Exam is administered each year to nearly 25,000 high school students of German. The exam, now in its 60th year, provides individual diagnostic feedback, rewards students through an extensive regional and national prize program, and creates a sense of accomplishment. Exam results provide teachers a means of comparing students in all regions of the country, as well as programmatic data to help inform curricular decisions.

To learn more about the National German Exam, visit the American Association of Teachers of German website. To learn more about World Languages at District 99, visit the the South High Department webpage.