Photo courtesy Britt Samson 
SPRECHEN SIE DEUTSCH?—Visiting German students and the WHS hosts, including (L-R around the table) German students Anouk Sowade and Caroline Brendel, WHS senior Brooklyn Peterson, German teacher Sabine Commichau (standing), German student Maren Wille, WHS senior Jaycee Walker-Rinehart, WHS junior Selena Gonzales, German students Lara Rakowski and Julie Fiedler, WHS junior Laurren Visser, WHS sophomore Riley Nold and German students Louis Weichelt, Alma Feuerbach and Liese Kleinke prepare for a day at WHS in the library in October.  (Not pictured:  WHS hosts junior Elli Ailts and sophomore Becca Kowalke).

German students visit Sioux Falls
Guests go to Black Hills, Mall of America during stay

By Taylar Erickson and Lauren Olson

WHS students got a taste of Europe and eight students and one teacher from Germany learned what it means to be an American student Oct. 6-27 as they visited the school and toured the area.

Once here, the German students from the Hermannswerder  School in Potsdam, the German sister-city of Sioux Falls, attended classes with WHS students, visited Good Earth State Park, the Old Courthouse Museum, the Pettigrew House, the CTE Academy and the Washington Pavilion. The students also toured the Black Hills and visited the Mall of America in Minnesota.

The  students stayed with host families, mostly with WHS German language students. They attended various activities with the students and participated in other activities with their host families. 

German student Lara Rakowski stayed with junior Selena Gonzales. 

“Her favorite thing to do was try all of the new food places like Buffalo Wild Wings, Noodles & Company and Pita Pit,” Gonzales said. “I also took a couple of the students to Skyzone and they loved it. Another thing they loved doing was choosing all the classes they got to take at WHS, because they said it is nothing like that in Germany.”

German teacher Britt Samson, who helped organize and coordinate the visit, said the German students enjoyed getting to attend an American high school and were awed by the many opportunities American students have in their high school education. 

“They were all so excited in my room as they looked at the master schedule to choose which classes they would like to see,” Samson said. “They enjoyed their stay here, and all of WHS had a part in that.”


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