Collect English Language Books for Bridge of Books Foundation

Holmdel, NJ – The non-profit German School of Monmouth County ( celebrated its year-end celebration – “Schulfest” –– with student videos, a theater performance, a presentation of National German Exam awards, and an induction ceremony for the National German Honor Society and National German Junior Honor Society.

Principal Michaela Greco and the School’s Board of Trustees presented awards and certificates to students who passed the National German Language Exam, as well as books from the German Consulate’s annual Book Awards program.  The school inducted five students into the National German Honor Society and Junior Honor Society. 

“Every year we see how hard students have worked and this afternoon celebrates their achievements,” said Principal Greco. “This year, our students achieved stellar scores on the National German Exam.  But importantly, we also wanted to collect books for children who may not have access to them this summer.  We hope the children who receive these books will enjoy reading them as much as we have.”

Students collected new and gently used English language books for the Bridge of Books Foundation (, which gives books to underprivileged children throughout New Jersey.

Following the performances, families attended a reception with refreshments including waffles and crepes with fruit and ice cream prepared and served by teen students.

National German Exam, German Language Diploma, Book Awards and Delta Epsilon Phi

The National German Exam, administered annually to more than 24,000 high school students by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), recognizes verbal and written proficiency in three levels of German.  The test includes comprehension, reading and conversational skills, and applied structure of grammar and idioms in context. Annually, the German Consulate in New York City recognizes student achievement with gifts of age-appropriate German language books. 

GSMC, a Partner School (Pasch-Schule) with the German Federal Republic’s Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), also tests students at six levels of proficiency to earn the German Language Diploma.  In addition to funding the ZfA supports German language schools worldwide with professional teacher development programs and classroom materials.  Students who demonstrate higher levels of comprehension and communication on the exam are eligible to study at secondary education institutions, universities and technical schools throughout the German-speaking nations of Europe. Results of this international exam will be announced later in the year. 

National German Exam/AATG Honors

Annika Sharp          Holmdel

Jessica Birk             Holmdel

Nicholas Drew        Middletown

Cameron Spector    Fair Haven

Johanna Krueger    Fair Haven

Careena Menzel     Rumson

Tatjana Roessle     South Amboy

Christopher Drew Middletown

Ryan Bachmann    Long Branch

Sophie Birk            Holmdel

Julia Baum             Jamesburg

Charles Murphy     Middletown

Samuel Murphy     Middletown

Christoph Winter  Middletown


German Consulate/New York Book Award

Gwen Chapman      Monmouth Beach

Cole Hilbert            Middletown

Sebastian Roessle   South Amboy

Sofia Hönle               South Amboy

Gianna Musa          Middletown

Nicolas Drew          Middletown

Isa Murphy              Middletown

Sophie Birk             Holmdel

Ryan Bachmann     Middletown


Delta Epsilon Phi – National German Honor Society, Junior Honor Society

Careena Menzel             Rumson

Johanna Krueger            Fair Haven

Sophie Birk                     Holmdel

Jessica Birk                     Holmdel

Cameron Spector            Fair Haven

About the German School of Monmouth County

The non-profit German School of Monmouth County (, is a Partner School (

with the German Federal Republic’s Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA).  GSMC provides weekly language enrichment classes for PreK through 12th grade, as well as adults with programs geared to native and non-native speakers in Holmdel and Rumson. Year-round  community cultural programs also foster global understanding while preparing students for the 21st century global workforce. Current class information and events are posted online: Please like, share and follow us on social media.