MHS German Club

The MHS German Club is sponsored by Mahopac's chapter of the National German Honor Society. Honor Society students show a commitment to German as a discipline, to their academics in general and to going beyond MHS to connect to the larger German-speaking world .

MHS German Club activities are open to all students at MHS. Check out some highlights below! We are proud of our partnership with the German American Social Club in Putnam Valley, the Goethe Institut in NYC, the American Association of Teachers of German, and our very active members. We fund most of our activities through our annual Advent Calendar Sale as well as by generous grants from outside German cultural and educational organizations.

We welcome you to reach out to our advisers, Frau Bauerlein and Mr. Gillespie with any questions.

Twitter: @MahopacGerman

Instagram: @MahopacHSGerman

Google Classroom MHS German Club Code: 4snhp2

>>Was fuer eine tolle Gelegenheit! Danke @FCBayern & @sfgoethe . Looking fowards to the film, but first Dortmund! #MiaSanMia #BundesligaTotal<<

Bundesliga Total, an international soccer competition

MHS is one of two North American schools featured in this Goethe Institut video promoting their international soccer competition, Bundesliga Total. Featured are the students in MHS's College German Class with personal interviews by Juniors Jasmine Merrill and Oliva Meyer. At the end, you can also see footage from a our private tour of the FC Bayern Munich office in NYC this fall featuring MHS juniors Sydney Froehlich, Anna Gamgebeli and Austin Kuhbier. Check it out! Opportunities like this are just one more reason to #JustAddGerman! ⚽️

Why German?

Do you have German heritage? Are you looking to major in science or engineering? Maybe you love German soccer or just want to travel easily in Europe. There are tons of great reasons to learn German, but every student has his or her own. Let some of our Mahopac students tell you why they decided to study German in this video!

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German-American Steuben Day Parade

MHS students were thrilled to be a part of the 51st annual Steuben Day Parade for our very first time in September of 2017. We were thankful to be awarded a stipend from the parade organizers to help offset the cost of our transportation to the City and we are grateful to MHS Junior and Vice President of the German Club Sydney Froehlich for organizing our participation. Danke, Sydney! We invite all alumni and parents to march with us next time on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Deutsch macht Spass!

In December, German Club members traveled to the MS to sponsor two German Language Hours to bring German culture, language and food alive for some MMS students. In addition to organizing most of the activities and setting the German menu each week, MHS Senior and German Club Secretary Tyler Marquez won a grant from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) to fund this project, which meant we could offer it for free for all interested MMS students. Danke, Tyler and all our HS volunteers!

Abschlussfeier, our annual year-end celebration

At the end of each school year, all the members of our MHS German family gather together at the German-American Social Club in Putnam Valley for our annual Abschlussfeier to celebrate a year of exciting events and opportunities. In addition to enjoying some fantastic German delicacies such as Schnitzel and Kaesespaetzle, we honor students who have won national awards, induct new members into the National German Honor Society, install our new Club officers, and bid farewell to our seniors. Click here for a look at the Abschlussfeier slideshow from 2017.

We are also grateful for the support of local organizations and individuals who donate financial awards for seniors who have dedicated their time and talent to promoting German language in culture for five years.

Gingerbread House Competition

Each year, the MHS German Club

sponsors a Gingerbread House

Competition. Teams of students

compete in two categories,

Traditional and Creative, and a

winner and runner-up is chosen for each.

Participation is free, but teams contribute

non-perishable food items

to be donated to St. John's Food Pantry.

Click here to check out a photo spread from the 2017 competition in the Mahopac News!


The MHS German Club sponsors

the Kinderzelt, or Children's Tent,

at the German American Social Club's

annual Oktoberfest each September.

We facilitate kids' activities,

including a sand art table, face painting,

arts & crafts, games, and more!

Distinguished Mahopac German Students and Alumni

All of the students in the German program compete annually in the National German Exam and Competition for Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. We are proud of our students accomplishments at all levels, 1-4, and will post this year's recipients here as the results become available this winter.

In addition, Mahopac German students often compete for study and travel abroad opportunities. Some of our winners include:

While Students at MHS

Watch an interview with Alberina and Greg to hear more about their awards!

Alumni in Action *

  • Cayla Savoca (Class of '16), academic study abroad in Germany
  • Katherine Dorovitsine (Class of '16), summer study abroad in Kassel, Germany
  • Ali Cain (Class of '12), CBYX for Young Professionals Award (2017)
  • Lex Hassiak (Class of '12), Jacobs University Bremen Completed her undergraduate degree (Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology)

* Alumni: Please send your German accomplishments and study abroad experiences to Frau Bauerlein to be included here. Facebook users can request to join the "Mahopac German Alumni" Group for information on scholarships, internships, job opportunities and fun memories of German times at Mahopac.