Lassiter Students Win the Bundesliga Total Contest and travel to Germany
The summer of 2019 has taken an exciting turn for two of our students at Lassiter High School as they now plan to travel to Germany! They will now fly together to Germany in May 2019 to watch a live Schalke soccer match, complete with a stadium tour and personal guide from the Goethe Institute of Germany! The students are in Mrs. Kris Lodde’s German IV class at Lassiter’s where they have been studying the German national soccer league, taking weekly quizzes about the games, making predictions about upcoming soccer matches, and participating in the Bundesliga Total contest.
In the “Bundesliga Total!” contest, middles and high school students enrolled in German programs compete in teams answering questions based on the “Match of the Month” video and predicting the scores of Bundesliga matches from October 2018 and February 2019. The Bundesliga Total contest and the trip is sponsored by the Goethe Institute of Washington D.C. and Schalke04, one of the oldest members of the 1st division German Soccer League. The participating teams from three regions: West, Central and East will sent two participants from each of the ten teams with the highest point total to attend the “Bundesliga Festival” of their region (West: San Francisco, Central: Chicago, East: Washington D.C.).
Out of 30 East Coast teams, Mrs. Lodde’s team, “Goals R Us” – Tore R Us placed 7th during the first round, and won the grand prize at their region contest in D.C. this weekend (March 22-24, 2019) at the East Coast Bundesliga Total Festival. The Tore R Us team defeated nine other East Coast teams who competed in this German language/soccer competition! In addition to receiving Bundesliga team jerseys and other soccer-related prizes, they won a trip to Germany where they will attend a Bundesliga match in Munich, Dortmund or Gelsenkirchen
The Bundesliga Total is also part of a bigger celebration of the 2019 “Wunderbar Together” initiative where Germany and the U.S.A. celebrate many “years of German-American friendship and showcasing the close bonds with over 1,000 events in all 50 states. This friendship is rooted in deep historic ties, shared values, and bold visions for the future. Mrs. Lodde’s incorporation of sports into the class is a great example of how students can investigate about the practices and interact with communities in other cultures.
Germán Suárez, Supervisor