Media Advisory: High school students celebrate German-American Day at McDaniel College Oct. 17

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October 04, 2017

Oct. 4, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer




Students from across Maryland and central Pennsylvania participate in workshops and hands-on activities, and enjoy a performance by German hip-hop band Einshoch6

McDaniel College’s 23rd annual German-American Day celebrates German language and culture on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 


McDaniel College hosts the 23rd annual German-American Day with middle and high school students participating in workshops and hands-on activities, including cheese making and face painting, as well as presentations on “How I Survived the Holocaust” and mobile apps for German learners, among others. An interactive workshop also takes place with band members from the German hip-hop band Einshoch6, who will be performing at the event. *See full schedule below. 


Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students from across Maryland, Washington, D.C., and central Pennsylvania descend on McDaniel College. There are 20 schools participating, including Carroll Community College, with many of the schools having attended the event annually. In addition, home school students will be in attendance. 

  • Carroll County:  Century High School (Sykesville), South Carroll High School (Sykesville), Westminster High School (Westminster) and Winters Mill High School (Westminster)
  • Anne Arundel County:  Chesapeake High School (Pasadena), Northeast High School (Pasadena) and Severna Park High School (Severna Park)
  • Baltimore County:  Calvert Hall (Towson) 
  • Frederick County:  Gov. Thomas Johnson High School (Frederick) 
  • Harford County:  C. Milton Wright High School (Bel Air), Fallston High School (Fallston), Fallston Middle School (Fallston) and Patterson Mill High School (Bel Air)
  • Howard County:  Howard High School (Ellicott City), Long Reach High School (Columbia), Mt. Hebron High School (Ellicott City), River Hill High School (Clarksville)
  • Pennsylvania/Adams County:  Gettysburg Area High School (Gettysburg)
  • Washington, D.C.:  DC International School (Washington, D.C.)


Tuesday, Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. 
Note:  Workshops take place from 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. 

Full Schedule:

• 8:30 a.m.:  Students arrive; registration 

• 9:45 a.m.–10 a.m.:  Welcome 

• 10–11 a.m.:  Workshops (60 min.), including:
o How I Survived the Holocaust 
o Germans For and Against Hitler 1933–1945
o History of German Music from the Minnesängers to SEED
o Viennese Culture and Dialect 
o Christmas in Germany 
o “Red Riding Hood" and "Silence of the Lambs”

• 10–11:30 a.m.:  Workshops (90 min.), including:
o Einshoch6 interactive workshop with the band 
o A History of German Cinema: From Caligari to the Hitler Boom
o Lord of the Rings: Richard Wagner and Der Ring des Nibelungen
o German Rock, Pop and Hip Hop Music 
o Mobile Apps for German Learners: Bring Your Own Phone 
o The Art of Cheese Making
o Fantasy Faces – The Art of Face Painting 

• 11 a.m. –noon:  Lunch, including German cuisine 

• noon–12:30 p.m.:  McDaniel College Admissions Information Session/College Tours

• 12:30–1:45 p.m.:  Concert by German hip-hop band Einshoch6 in WMC Alumni Hall 


McDaniel College 

2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. 


German-American Day has been formally observed annually on Oct. 6 since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan signed the first Presidential Proclamation. German-American Day commemorates the significant contributions made by Americans of German descent.

From the German-American Day Proclamation issued by President Obama (Oct. 6, 2016):

“I encourage all Americans to learn more about the history of German Americans and reflect on the many contributions they have made to our Nation.”

German-American Day at McDaniel College is organized by Mohamed Esa, professor of world languages, literatures and cultures, and sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), The German Society of Maryland, The Embassy of the Federal Republik of Germany and The Deutsche Welle, as well as McDaniel College’s Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Admissions Office and Bookstore. 

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McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.