Last tuesday evening in rothenburg ob der tauber, germany, the 15th award ceremony was held. At the 15th award ceremony for secondary schools in central franconia, a student from herzogenaurach secondary school was also honored with an award. Paulina walz and rik johnen won over the jury with their remarkable performance of durrenmatt's "the visit of the old lady" the school says it was able to convince its students in the past school year.
The way in which the two tenth-graders (then in ninth grade) interpreted their main roles, at the age of just 15, went far beyond the level that is normally expected of a school stage, according to the jury. The press and the public, many of whom thought paulina was a teacher or a hired professional actress, were equally amazed and delighted, not least by how confidently the young performers expressed their understanding of this demanding work through their multifaceted acting.
At the award ceremony for the so-called "realschul-oscars this bravourous achievement was echoed once again. To be among the nearly 30 students from middle schools in central franconia who were honored for their special achievements in the areas of art, STEM, sports, social commitment and academic performance was a source of pride not only for the award winners, but also for the school administration, the head of the class and the theater teacher. The young talents, who see acting as a career option, received a certificate, a gift box and a miniature oscar statue from the ministerial representative michael schmidt, who presented the awards for the first time, and the ministerial councilor konrad huber, who had traveled from munich especially for the occasion.
In his opening remarks, huber emphasized that this award is intended to be a special form of recognition for special achievements, but also to draw attention to how broadly the realschule is positioned in terms of its clientele. Their talents and commitment often went far beyond the classroom. The central franconian realschule award, which is now being imitated by almost all government districts, thus makes it clear just how interconnected this form of school is with life in so many ways.