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Lea Lang graduation.

On June 21, 2017 German-American School NY had its 120th graduation for its 10th grade Regents class. (Yes, 120th – the school has taught German in its after-school German language program for children since 1897). The graduation took place at the popular Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square.

This year’s class was small, but excellent. Henry Gundlach, Hamilton Gundlach and Lea Lang graduated – all three from the Manhattan school. Lea Lang was the valedictorian for this year’s graduating class. In her speech she spoke about the long hours dedicated to learning German and the support she received from her family – support that helped her succeed and excel in learning German.

Lea Lang, 11, is a native New Yorker of Austrian and Chinese descent and loves music, reading and traveling. She has been participating in international piano and violin competitions and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Lea is a regular student at United Nations International School in New York and speaks English, Chinese and German. She learned most of her German in the after-school German language school at German-American’s School in Manhattan.

All the teachers (and our school) are very proud of the achievements of its pupils and we wish everyone a lovely and relaxing summer.

The photos show Lea being introspective before giving her valedictorian speech, giving the speech, and receiving her diploma.