Michelsenschule Hildesheim - 2011

1. Preis bei Jugend Forscht 2011

Der Oberstufenschüler Christian Gobert hat beim Regionalwettbewerb Hildesheim überzeugt. 

Mit seinem Projekt „Verringerung der Nährstoffauswaschung aus Ackerböden durch Zugabe von HTC-Biokohle“ ging er als Sieger in der Kategorie Geo- und Raumwissenschaften hervor und qualifizierte sich für den Landeswettbewerb Mitte März in Clausthal-Zellerfeld.

Neben Christian gingen auch zahlreiche junge Michelsenschüler im Wettbewerb „Schüler experimentieren“ mit ihren Projekten an den Start.   Sonderpreis für die Michelsenschule:Für ihre Unterstützung des Wettbewerbes wurde die Michelsenschule mit einem Sonderpreis in Höhe von 250 € geehrt.


Tansaniafahrt 2011

Die 13 Tansaniafahrer sind glücklich und gesund von ihrem Austausch zurückgekehrt. Sie haben Freunde gefunden, sind am Berg über sich hinausgewachsen, haben das Weiße im Augen des Löwen gesehen.


German students explore Amarillo

By JACOB MAYER, Amarillo Globe - News, October 27, 2011.
Fotos: Roberto Rodriguez  

German foreign exchange students Paula Winkel, 15, left, and Enid Wolf, 14, spend time at the Don Harrington Discovery Center Thursday. Amarillo High is hosting 14 exchange students as part of the three-week program. 

Laura Molzahn wondered where all the trees were when she arrived in Amarillo three weeks ago. “In Germany there are many trees,” she said.
Molzahn, 15, a freshman, came to Amarillo along with 13 other ninth- and 10th-grade students from the Michelsenshule school in Hildesheim, Germany, as part of an exchange student program where they spend three weeks with host families that have students at Amarillo High School.
During their studies in Amarillo, the students have visited landmarks such as Palo Duro Canyon, Cadillac Ranch and Texas Tech University, said Ralf Skowronski, a teacher at Michelsenshule and chaperone for the group.
Skowronski also brought a group to Amarillo in 2009 through the German American Partnership Program. He said the trips teach students about American culture and help them improve their English.
“It’s a great experience for them,” he said.
Skowronski said he likes Amarillo’s downtown but was surprised there were far fewer bicycles than in a German town.
Sophomore Louisa Piel, 15, said school is different in America because students take classes in the same subject every day, whereas German schools teach some subjects one day and the rest another day, similar to a college schedule.
Piel also said she noticed cultural differences in the times people eat. “We eat only in the middle of the day and the end a little bit, and here you all eat all the time,” she said.
Kathryn Wade started the exchange program as a German teacher at Amarillo High School in 1997, and said she wanted to have a program that was more than just a tourist trip.
“I wanted to give the students an opportunity to not only be able to learn and practice the language, but also to get to know the culture and the people,” said Wade, who retired after the 2009-10 school year.
Due to Wade’s retirement, Skowronski said he is unsure if the program with Amarillo High School will continue past this year. German students have visited Amarillo in October every two years during the 14-year partnership, and Amarillo students have the chance to visit their German friends the following June, he said.
The students often must to raise most of their own money to make the trip, which costs more than $2,000, said Laura O’Neal, who has hosted two German students.
Molzahn has lived with O’Neal’s family during her stay in Amarillo and went to school with O’Neal’s daughter, Allison, a sophomore at Amarillo High School.
O’Neal said the worst part of the stay is when Molzahn and the rest of the group head back to Germany.
“The sad part is telling them goodbye,” she said. “The tears will be flowing on Monday.”


Justin Benthin, 14, left, and Jannis Koshick, 15, visit the Don Harrington Discovery Center, Thursday.


Maja Bohn, 15, right, and Heike Ohms, 15,  visit the Don Harrington Discovery Center Thursday.