Hannah White

Freshman Marshall Hanson enjoys the wide array of German food offered at Oktoberfest celebration.

Hannah White

German teacher, Scott Bumbaugh and his students have joined into the festivities by serving authentic German cuisine and making Spezi, a popular German drink. Students enjoyed time together, talking and snacking on their favorite foreign treats at one of the German student’s house.

“It’s always so much fun getting to see all of the German classes come together and just celebrate a special day in German culture. I really enjoy getting to experience how Germans love to celebrate and eat. I always have an amazing time when I go.” said senior Faith Brown.

Oktoberfest first started in Munich, Germany in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, and is still celebrated today, even by our very own German foreign language class.

Herr Bumbaugh continues work to inform and educate students of cultural differences around the world, but that education is never boring.

“I love to have fun with my students and to share with them my passion for everything German. I want my students to work hard in the classroom, and I do ask a lot of them. I also want them to have fun while learning, and having the annual Oktoberfest is one way that I can do that,”said HHS German teacher Scott Bumbaugh. “There is  nothing more fun than grilling bratwurst and teaching the kids how to make a Spezi (half Coca-Cola/half Orange Fanta with a slice of lemon).  I also try to incorporate other fun events into the school year, like celebrating St. Martin’s Day (November 11th), St. Nikolaus Day (December 6th), Fasching (Mardi Gras), and the occasional German Kino-Abend (movie night).

Tradition finds a way to shape culture, carries on throughout decades and helps to create excitement and interest. Oktoberfest is only one long standing tradition for the German culture and one that our German students enjoy as well.