German heritage essay winners announced

By Herald Staff

The Jasper DeutscherVerein, Sister Cities of Jasper Inc. and the Jasper Partnership Commission celebrated their German Heritage in October with the observance of German American Day on Oct. 6.

The tercentennial of the arrival of the first German immigrant group to the United States and the establishment of Germantown, Pennsylvania, were celebrated on Oct. 6, 1983, and Public Law 100-104 designated Oct. 6, as “German-American Day” and a proclamation was issued by President Reagan on Oct. 2, 1987, and every Oct. 6 is proclaimed to be German-American Day in honor of the contributions made by German immigrants to the life and culture of the United States.

As part of this observance, and with German American Bank as the financial sponsor, an essay contest was held for seniors at Dubois County schools, giving them an opportunity to honor their German heritage.

Winners of the essay contests were Pierce Brinkman of Northeast Dubois High School. Pierce is the son of Ryan and Gretchen Brinkman. The winner from Forest Park Junior-Senior High School was Kendra Hoffman, daughter of Greg and Bonnie Hoffman. Jasper High School’s winner was Lauren Verkamp, daughter of Max and Jen Verkamp.

Each student has been awarded a $250 scholarship from German American.

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