Josiah French, a Grade 10 student in the English-German Bilingual Program at River East Collegiate, won second place in his category of the Goethe-Institut's International German Olympiad (IDO—Internationale Deutsch Olympiade) and is one of only two students chosen to represent Canada at the world finals of the IDO 2022 in Hamburg.
The German Olympiad is the world's biggest German language contest and gives students the opportunity to showcase their German language and culture skills in a competition with students from 75 countries. In addition to competing to be the world's best German learners, participants will meet other students from all over the world and get to know other cultures.
The finalists are determined in advance in each participating country's national contest. Not only Josiah and his impressive achievement deserve recognition, but a big shout out also goes to all the other winners of this year's regional finals in Manitoba: Dana Jones, Alia Smith, and Norah Unrau from Chief Peguis Middle School, and Ella Omsen from River East Collegiate.