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East Ridge High School students win University of Minnesota language award

East Ridge High School students win University of Minnesota language award
Posted on 05/02/2018

For the third consecutive year, East Ridge High School students have won the University of Minnesota’s "OSKAR" Award, presented by the University’s College in the Schools program. The award is for excellent use of German language, creativity and technical expertise in a video.

ERHS’ Brandon Romano, Cole Chaffin and Drew Engh won for a rap music video which they wrote in German and filmed themselves performing at the Science Museum in St. Paul. The song, “XO Deutsches Leben” or “XO German Life”, has gone viral with more than 18,000 views on YouTube in less than a month. In addition, more than a dozen German websites have written articles about it.

Students from all over the state enter the competition by submitting videos showcasing their German language skills, which are then voted on by teachers.

"It has been my pleasure to work with these fine young men on a daily basis over four entire years,” said Julie Young, a German Teacher and College in the Schools Instructor at East Ridge High School. “They are respectful, hard-working, fun and a credit to their parents as well as to District 833."

The trio won the same award last year, as well.

Watch the award-winning video.