Boonah State School makes top 10 in global language contest

LANGUAGE: German Teacher Lara Keller and student Kirra King.

LANGUAGE: German Teacher Lara Keller and student Kirra King.

BOONAH State High School students have proven to have excelled in German after placing eight in the world in the Language Perfect Championships and winning in the small size school group category.

The school was among 1038 others across the globe, which took part in answering 342,859 questions online about vocabulary in their chosen language in 10 days.

Individuals who were praised for making it into the top 10 for their results were Boonah students Kira King and Frankie Gross while Latisha Somers and Laura Gibson ranked in the top 50.

Year 10 student Kira said placing third in the world was a personal achievement.

“I was very excited as it had been a goal from the year before to place in the top positions,” she said.

Kira said she practiced using materials from the competition and work done in class.

“I want to continue learning the language and culture as it is very interesting,” she said.

“I would love to travel to Germany one day – maybe with the school biannual German trip or an exchange.”

German teacher Lara Keller said the school had competed in the championships for the past seven years to help improve their skills through a fun and educational way.

“It’s pretty impressive when you think that Kira King actually answered 65,640 language questions over 10 days,” she said.

“I was particularly pleased when one reluctant male language learner in grade 8 actually got involved and earned a certificate.

“This made it all worth it for me and he answered 1022 questions about German vocabulary.”

Ms Keller said competition brought out the best in students.

“I am enormously proud of any of our students who succeed at any level and in anything they get involved in,” she said.

“As long as students are out there, involved in their education and their learning then that has to have positive spin-offs for our society in the future.”