Academics Students

German III Student Places 2nd in Worldwide Partnerschulen Competition


Jahnavi Vishnubhotla poses with her award.A student in German III, Jahnavi Vishnubhotla, took 2nd Place in a worldwide competition among Partnerschulen (partner schools). The competition, Smartphone & Co., asked students to create a short video about their use of electronic media (not just smart phones) in everyday life. Jahnavi made a film, submitted it, and won a tablet computer and received official recognition from the Goethe Institut. Click here to see the link to her film. Click here to see her film with subtitles.

Jahnavi had this to say about her film:

“Wir benutzen Technologie jeden Tag. Es ist ein wichtiger Teil für jeden. Viele Leute sagen, dass es schlecht sei, aber ich sehe das anders. Ich persönlich mache Musik und Filme mit meinen Geräten und ich finde Technologie sehr hilfreich. Mein Film nimmt den kreativen Aspekt meines Lebens und verbindet ihn mit dem Leben anderer. Jeder nutzt seine Technologie, um zu erstellen, sei es etwas »logisches« wie eine Kalkulationstabelle oder kreativ wie eine Zeichnung. Ich liebe es, kreativ zu sein, zu reisen und mich durch verschiedene Kunstformen auszudrücken. Ich glaube, dass der Film mich repräsentiert.”

Translation: “We use technology every day. It’s an important part for everyone. Many people say it’s bad, but I see it differently. I personally make music and movies with my devices, and I find technology a very helpful, creative aspect of my life and connect it with the lives of others. Everyone uses their technology to create, be it “logical” like a spreadsheet or creative like a drawing. I love to be creative, to travel, and to be different. I think the movie represents me.”

The Partnerschule Initiative is now 10 years old. LHWHS has been a partner school since 2008, and Ladue Schools students benefit in a of myriad ways:

  • They are in contact with learners of German world-wide.
  • They receive stipends to study German in Germany (3 weeks all expenses paid) or in Portland, Oregon, at a week-long immersion camp.
  • They can attend the PASCH Triathlon, held this year for the second time in Estes Park, Colorado, among others.