Staatskongress Culture Competition

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All culture competitions are judged on the same level, unless otherwise indicated or unless volume of entries necessitates a split.
 
Native speakers may participate in competitions marked with and asterisk (*).
 
Each student must have an official Culture Competition Label filled out upon entry. The student's name should not appear on the front of the project. Students may enter as many culture competitions as they wish, but only one entry per category is allowed.
 
Adherence to the Staatskongress theme is required. Judges reserve the right to combine categories if entries are scarce, or separate entries if they ar too numerous and/or of exceptionally high quality.
 

Club Displays:

Clubs should bring scrapbooks, posters of club activities, german related projects, etc to give new German Clubs an opportunity to see what is going on around the state.

 

Poster - Staatskongress Theme:

·        Must be normal poster board (22" x 28")

·         Can be in color or black and white

·        Must be original, with no copyrighted figures

·         All words must be in German.

·        The poster must relate to the theme of this year's Staatskongress.

 

Poster - Charts or Maps:

·        Charts and maps may vary in size and media.

·         Charts or maps teach or clarify.

·        Cite the sources of the chart or map.

 

Photo Essay:

·         This may be an individual or group project.

·         Photos may either be in black and white, color, or a combination of both.

·         Any size photo is acceptable.

·        The minimum number of photos is 10, and the maximum is 20.

·         Photos must be mounted on only one sheet of poster board (22" x 28").

·         Photos may concern any subject, but they must be accompanied by a narrative story in German.

·         The story must be written on or attached to the poster board next to or under the pictures.

 

 

Shirt Design*:

·        No German Club T-shirts.

·         Must be German related, with all words in German.

·        No store bought decals.

·         The design may be silk-screened, painted or stitched on a T-shirt or sweatshirt.

 

The judging criteria are as follows:

 

Design and Words: 40%

Originality and Creativity: 40%

 

Difficulty: 20%

Art*:

·         Artwork must have a recognizable German theme.

·        Media considered in this competition are as follows:

 

Watercolor

Pastel

Oil or Acrylic

Pencil

Ink

Charcoal

Mixed Media

 

·        All entries must be a single picture and be backed with a stiff mat board.

·         Entries must be matted, but wood or metal frames will not be allowed.

·         Pictures have a minimum size requirement of 8" x 10".

·         The source of the picture, or whether it is original work of the student, should also be indicated.

·         The judging criteria are the same as for Shirt Design

Handicrafts*:

·         Every article must illustrate a clearly recognizable German theme or subject.

·         The following explanations may give some direction to your projects:

Sculpture - Should be handmade only, no molds, and should be a figure of some sort, either a dome, in the round, or a relief cut from a flat surface.

Models - Should fit inside a box that is no larger the 24" x 24".

Handmade Clothing - Made to fit a doll, a child, or you.

·         The judging criteria are the same as for Shirt Design.

 

Games:

·        Board games or playing cards to be used in learning German.

·         All games must be entirely original, and all writing must be typewritten or legibly printed in ink.

·         They must include use of the German language and/or culture, and must include all instructions for playing.

·        Instructions may be in German or English.

 

Miscellaneous*:

·         Miscellaneous culture projects are those which do not fall into any of the other categories.

·         Projects may not be entered in the miscellaneous category simply to avoid penalty for failure to comply with rules in another category.

·        Any cartoons or other characters must be original.

·         Judging criteria are the same as for Shirt Design.

 


Lebkuchen-haeuser*:

·         Use any recipe

·        All parts of the house must be edible including all reinforcement

·         Minimum length and/or width is 8 inches

·         Any animals or figures must be edible

·        The house may be placed on a board

·         All houses must be built from scratch by the student(s). No kits.

·         All displays must include a recipe

 

Lebkuchen-personen*:

·        A decorating contest.

·         Be original.

·        Two or more gingerbread people, completely edible.

·         All displays must have the recipe included.

 

Cookies*:

·         A taste contest.

·        Each contestant must bring twelve cookies, prepared at home.

·         The recipe must be included and come from a German speaking country.

·         NO RECIPES WITH ALCOHOL PERMITTED

 

Kuchen/

Torten*:

·        A taste contest.

·         Must be baked at home

·        No refrigeration is available.

·         The recipe must be included and must come from a German speaking country.

·         Suggestions: Obstkuchen, Schwarzwaelderkirschtorte, Haselnusskuchen, Pflaumenkuchen, Zwiebelkuchen, Stollen, BUT NO GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE.

·         NO RECIPES WITH ALCOHOL PERMITTED

 

Breads/

Rolls*:

·         A taste contest.

·        Must be baked at home.

·         No refrigeration is available.

·        The recipe must be included and must come from a German speaking country.

·         Please bring real butter and Marmelade, Honig, or Nutella when entering an item in this category.

·        Display all items on the table together.

·         NO RECIPES WITH ALCOHOL PERMITTED

 


Schokolade*:

·        A taste contest as well as a visual one (shapes, etc.).

·         Must be baked at home.

·        No refrigeration is available.

·         The recipe must be included and must come from a German speaking country.

·         NO RECIPES WITH ALCOHOL PERMITTED

 

Marzipan Figuren*:

·        A taste contest as well as a visual one (shapes, etc.).

·         Must be baked at home.

·        No refrigeration is available.

·         The recipe must be included and must come from a German speaking country.

·         NO RECIPES WITH ALCOHOL PERMITTED

 

Other*:

·        A taste contest.

·         Must be baked at home.

·        No refrigeration available.

·         The recipe must be included and must come from a German speaking country.

·         Suggestions include: Rote Gruetze, Feuerzangenbowle, Gluehwein/Kinderpunsch, Eierlikoer (all non-alcoholic, natuerlich!)

·         NO RECIPES WITH ALCOHOL PERMITTED

 

Muehle*:

·        A board game.

·         Contestants will be expected to know the rules. (A workshop will be conducted just prior to the competition!)

·         Schools must limit their participants to three students.

 

Note: All cookies and other baked goods will be served at the “Kaffeestunde” just prior to the evening festivities. All are invited, and will receive a ticket from their teacher to partake in this event.
The rules for the Culture Competition are located below. A download of this list is available here to print.  Each student must have an official Culture Competition Label filled out upon entry.
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