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Sehr gut: SCHS shines at state German convention yet again

Continuing their textbook assault on the much larger, elite schools of metro Atlanta, the Screven County High School German Club again took the top spot at the state German Convention in Covington Jan. 30-31. 

Claiming first place in the prized skit competition for the fourth consecutive year and the quiz bowl title for the second time in four years, educator and sponsor Jim Sheppard’s club’s academics again stood the test.

Their skit victory over Lakeside-Decatur, Kell of Marietta and Central Gwinnett and their quiz bowl victory over Parkview, Lakeside-Decatur and The Walker School, the opposition certainly had the decided advantage of numbers.

“When we arrived at camp this year and some of the metro Atlanta students saw our bus, they came up and asked me where ScrevenCounty was,” Sheppard said. “Now I think they know.

“The group of seniors who wrote, produced and directed this year’s skit did an amazing job of pulling it all together,” Sheppard said. “They really took ownership of their work and were so proud of their victory. I think that they also had great fun along the way.”

SCHS principal Brett Warren said Sheppard allows his students to organize and direct themselves.

“I really make it their project,” Sheppard said. “It is quite amazing with the type of competition they face.”

Superintendent Whit Myers and school board chairman Lindy Sheppard commended the German Club on its honors.

“We do very, very well against those big Atlanta private schools,” Myers told board of education members Monday evening.

“On behalf of the board, I want to congratulate the students, the teachers and the parents on such a good job representing ScrevenCounty and making us famous,” Sheppard said.

Said skit director senior Eric Boddiford: “SGC (State German Convention) was a wonderful experience that I will never forget and I am sad to see my time there is done. We seniors worked extremely hard to get prepared this year, as did the other students who participated and it was nice to see all our efforts turn into two first-place trophies.”

Seniors who produced, directed and starred in the skit were Zachary Parker, Hunter Sommers, Boddiford, Jim Freeman and Worth Zeagler.

After back-to-back disappointing quiz bowl years, the 2009 quartet was up to task. Junior Laura Beal, sophomores Lauren Bazemore and Marla Thompson and freshman Lovey Sheppard were on their game on Saturday. 

Coached by Jase Doyle with a lot of help from Mrs. Patti Boddiford, the team was “really young and inexperienced, but they worked hard,” Sheppard said. “The four girls really stepped up against some powerhouse schools with much more experience in academic quiz bowl.”

Sommers, the SCHS German Club president, summed things up by saying, “We all worked really, really hard on the skit and the quiz bowl and it was an enjoyable experience. In the end, we got to enjoy the fruits of success.”

While the team competitions went extremely well, there also were numerous individual successes.

The seniors Doyle and Boddiford were first in level-four vocabulary and level-four spelling, respectively, while sophomore Will Godbee claimed both first and second in baked goods. The sophomore tandem of Lauren Thomas and Thompson were first and second in board games.

Also placing were Beal (third in level-three vocabulary), senior Nadine Loitz (second in level-three poetry), Thompson (second in level-two vocabulary), freahman Kaylee Scribner (third in level-one paired work) and juniors Murphy Frankhouser and Ben Ward (third in video).

“The past four years at SGC have been such a wonderful learning experience, as well as a great place to meet new people and create new friendships” said convention organizer senior Laci Almand. “I will never forget the times I had and I am very thankful for everything everyone has done to make this all possible for us. I hope that our school will continue to have success in the future.”