25th Annual German Day

General Information

The University of Alabama
Ferguson Center
Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Topic: Berühmte Persönlichkeiten

Competitive Activities & Rules


On behalf of the German program at The University of Alabama, we are pleased to invite you to the 25th Annual German Day Competition (March 6th) at the Ferguson Center on the main campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. To further facilitate your participation in German Day, please read through the following information.

We hope you along with your students will enjoy your visit!

Registration and Deadlines

Please reply to the pre-registration email by February 10th or earlier indicating the estimated number of students in each competition. This will help us to plan the final schedule. Please include all the correct names of your students as they should appear on the participation certificates. Please indicate name, grade and level of German for each student.

Please enter your registration information in the Pre-Registration Form (doc) and email it to rlemmond@ua.edu. Please make one check payable to The University of Alabama by March 2, 2020. The cost per student for 2020 is $10.

Raegan Lemmond
German Day 2020
The University of Alabama
Department of Modern Languages And Classics
Box 870246
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0246

Visual Events Deadline

Please note that we must receive all visual events by Friday, February 28, 2020, 200 BB Comer Hall. The office closes at 4:45 pm so make arrangements to deliver your items prior to that time.  You may also send your submissions to Raegan Lemmond (rlemmond@ua.edu) via Dropbox or GoogleDrive.  Please make sure your items are labeled clearly and correctly.  The judging of the visual entries takes place on Saturday, February 29, and we have no way to accept late entries.

General Information


The German Day schedule is again packed tight with competitions, as well as non-competitive events. We have a variety of events in order to accommodate as many students as possible. Since we are facing space limitations and events are overlapping, some scheduling conflicts are inherent. Please keep this in mind as you schedule your students to participate in particular events.
I will email you the final schedule once I have received your pre-registration info.

Date/Time: Friday, March 6 from 8 am to 2:55 pm.

Events Per Student

Students may participate in more than one event. Because most students participate in more than one event, it is important that participating schools/teachers submit their registration in a timely fashion so that we can plan accordingly.

Native/Near Native Speakers

Native or near-native speakers may participate in all visual and group events, however, they should not have a central role in any group presentation.  There are some oral events created for native/near-native speakers.  There are no separate visual events as they can participate as a Level 3/4 participant. The Native events will not be included in determining the Best School.


In the interest of fairness, we ask you to respect the competition rules. Deviation from the guidelines is grounds for disqualification. Repetition of performances from year to year is not acceptable.

Special Accommodations

The University of Alabama strives to ensure that all persons have an opportunity to participate in all conference activities hosted at campus facilities. Individuals with disabilities requiring special assistance or accommodations to participate in German Day should contact the University at the following address at least ten (10) University working days prior to the day of the scheduled competition.

The University of Alabama
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Special Events: German Day
Box 870132
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132

Emergency Preparedness

The University of Alabama strives to ensure that all persons are safe and prepared for any emergency. Here you will find the evacuation policies for both campus and a building. Here you will find the emergency plan synopsis (PDF).


The Ferguson Center has a variety of food options for the students.  They should bring cash so they can get what they want easily.  Choices include Chick-fil-a, Wendy’s, Panda Express, Subway, Pizza/Pasta, Auntie Annie’s, and Starbuck’s. Lunch for teachers and chaperones will be provided.


The easiest way to reach the Ferguson Center is to follow McFarland Boulevard to Jack Warner Parkway. Turn left onto Jack Warner Parkway.  Follow that to the first traffic light & turn left onto Campus Drive. Then turn right onto McCorvey.  Buses may drop students off at the Ferguson Center and then proceed to a Recreation Center parking lot on Campus Drive.  Bus drivers may then take CrimsonRide from there into the center of campus to the Ferguson Center. Visitor parking is available at the Ferguson Parking deck ($10). Please use the Campus Drive entrance. To accommodate the increasing number of students, the University has changed the traffic flow and established a transit system (CrimsonRide). Many roads are now closed for through traffic. Please check the Parking Services webpage the day before you leave for information on any road closings.

Campus Map

German Day 2018 will take place at the Ferguson Center at UA. The Ferguson Student Center also provides driving directions (look in the drop down menu). The Ferguson Student Center is building number 1022 on the campus map.

Rules for Seniors/Scholarship Award Competition

As in past years the winning senior of German Day will be awarded the $1,000 Donald Hall Excellence in German Scholarship to be awarded upon enrollment as a German major at The University of Alabama. The award is sponsored by Donald Hall, and based on excellence in German.

The following rules apply for seniors competing for the scholarship award. Seniors must compete in the five (5) events listed below. Seniors may be level 2 OR level 3/4 students. Seniors may choose to compete in more events, but only the results of the five (5) listed events will be computed. The highest score determines the winner. The five (5) events are:

  1. Individual Poetry level 2 OR 3/4
  2. Extemporaneous Speaking level 2 OR 3/4
  3. Power Point Presentation level 2 OR 3/4
  4. Dictation level 2 OR 3/4
  5. Reading Comprehension level 2 OR 3/4

The events are indicated by * on the Competitive Activities page. All seniors may participate in German Day, but are only eligible for the $1,000 Donald Hall Excellence in German Scholarship if following the above stated rules for seniors.

Rules of Conduct


The University of Alabama requires that each group of visiting high school students be accompanied by an adult chaperon who remains responsible at all times for the students attending any event. Each school must provide an adequate number of chaperones for the number of students in the group (one chaperon per 10 students if possible). Chaperons are responsible to assist students with health issues etc. Sponsors and chaperons should discuss appropriate behavior with students prior to visiting The University of Alabama facilities.

Behavior During Oral Competitions

We welcome audiences at oral events. All students, accompanying parents, and teachers may attend all oral events with the exception of the Spelling Bee. Restrictions may apply if deemed necessary due to space problems.
We ask all teachers and chaperons to ask your students to observe the following rules in order to be fair to the students competing:

  • Spelling Bee: only those participating in the event are allowed in the room.
  • Do not enter or leave the room during a competition.
  • If the door is closed, do not knock. Wait for applause and then enter.
  • If you must leave to continue on to another event, do so quickly and quietly.
  • Be a polite and attentive audience to all competitors, not just to those from your school. Everyone can use moral support, so please applaud all competitors.

Teachers’ Lunch

Teachers are cordially invited for lunch from 12:00 to 2:00 in 3107.

Prop Room

3104 will be available for props. Students may leave props, instruments, costumes, backpacks, etc. in this room to avoid cluttering the restrooms and hallways.


All posters, videos, T-shirt designs, and children’s books, as well as everything in the prop room must be removed from the Ferguson Center by 3:30 p.m. The University cannot be responsible for materials remaining in the building. Please make plans accordingly.


In case of any further questions, please contact Raegan Lemmond, German Day 2020 Organizer.