The chapter Pennsylvania Junior Theta was created this year by Frau Walter, the Phoenixville Area Middle School German teacher. It’s a national educational honorary society for the study of German, and its goal is to spread interest in the study of German language, literature, and culture. It is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German. In order to join the club, students had to have completed one year of German, and needed to have an overall average grade of 85 percent as well as an 85 percent or above in their German class.
The induction ceremony started off with all club members standing up and promising to uphold German culture and language – all spoken in German, of course. As soon as all the students had gotten onto the stage and received their official certificates allowing them to join the club, each person was given a candle. Then, in the style of a traditional National Honors Society induction ceremony, the club president Mitchell Gibson had his candle lit, then he in turn lit the first person’s candle, and they lit the person’s next to them, and so on.
And the stage didn’t even catch fire.
Some activities that the Honor society is working on at the moment are cooperation with PAMS’ life skills class and introducing German culture and traditions throughout the school. In celebration of Nikolaus Tag (a German holiday celebrated on December 6), some club members went be to Ms. Lamb’s (the Life Skills teacher) RECAP class to tell the Life Skills students about the Nikolaus tradition, fill their shoes with candy and sing a Nikolaus song for them. Other students are currently constructing a Christmas tree out of cardboard, construction paper, and various decorations (which will again be worked on with PAMS life skills class) to be put up outside of the cafeteria. Signs will be hung up to show students how many of their own traditions originated in Germany.
The honor society will have many more exciting activities coming up throughout the school year and is always looking to cooperate with other groups.
Congratulations to the first ever members of PAMS’ National Junior Honor Society of German: Katherine Bland, Karly Burton, Maddie Cooke, Caroline Costello, Mitchell Gibson (President), Kaleigh Hartson, Jordan Hrynkow, Kayla Johns, Christian Lehning, Eva McDonnell, Tim Miles, Amanda Monachelli, Cailin Robinson (Treasurer), Tanner Romance, Nina Shafer, Maggie Shillinger, Tyler Skomsky (Vice-President), Jacob Straka, Matthew Tague, Quinn Vollmer (Secretary) & Aaron Weiss.
-Cailin Robinson, Treasurer of Junior Delta Epsilon Phi