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Results Oxford German Olympiad 2023


The winning entries

The results for our 11th Oxford German Olympiad are in! Our panel of judges found it extremely hard to pick the winners from such a vast amount of mouth-watering entries. A big thank you to all participants and their teachers.

Click on the names below to see the winning entries!
Note: some links lead to external webpages (YouTube etc.) or downloadable files.


Years 5 and 6 (age 9-11):

1. Create an illustrated menu for a German, Austrian or Swiss restaurant and include the names of 10 different dishes.

Winner (joint): Floyd Sivel-Dimond
Winner (joint): Hugh Bowden
Winner (joint): Yasmin Hindmarsh
Winner (joint): Enitan Ajeigbe
Runner-up (joint): Aashikaa Shathesh Khanna
Runner-up (joint): Raymond Chen
Runner-up (joint): Barnaby Lott
Runner-up (joint): Anthony Hamilton
Highly Commended: Erin Butcher
Highly Commended: Elliot Walsh
Highly Commended: Ameya Lamichhane
Highly Commended: Lybah Syed
Highly Commended: Safaa Noor Ali
Commended: Drew Bowers
Commended: Sam Lee
Commended: Leah Wacogne
Commended: entrant wants to stay anonymous
Commended: Hana Gibbon

2. You are a famous Konditor (pastry chef) in Vienna. Design a showpiece cake for the Wiener Opernball gala dinner and give your drawing or painting 15 labels.

Winner (joint): Sabiha Sarwar
Winner (joint): Sophie Kelly
Runner-up (joint): Zara Ahmad
Runner-up (joint): Amelia Kassam
Highly Commended: Charlie Pablo
Highly Commended: Meghan Greaves
Highly Commended: Narges Khan Mohammad
Highly Commended: Laden Elmi
Highly Commended: Olivia Liu
Highly Commended: Camilla Thirlby
Highly Commended: entrant wants to stay anonymous
Commended: Hannah Badul
Commended: Lucia Belal
Commended: Neve Faulkner
Commended: Sennen Rustom
Commended: Maitri Patel

3. Draw a landscape (e.g. forest, mountains, meadows) in a German, Austrian or Swiss location with plants that grow there and that can be used for food. Name the landscape and the region it is in, and give each plant a label.

Winner: George Bangs


Years 7 to 9 (age 11-14):

1. Write about a day in your life as an apprentice chef in a busy Berlin hotel kitchen.

Winner: Tamim Islam
Runner-up (joint): Neriah Ossei
Runner-up (joint): Ellise Shakeel
Highly commended: Eliora Chidi
Highly commended: Filipp Boyarov
Commended: Renia Ganguly

2. Create a short video instructing viewers how to cook a German, Austrian or Swiss dish of your choice.

Winner (joint): Isla Gouldson
Winner (joint): Maria-Alexandra Papadaki
Runner-up (joint): Isi Holdom
Runner-up (joint): Ellie Lichtenhein
Highly commended: Emilia Scaber
Highly commended: entrant wants to stay anonymous
Highly commended: Niamh O'Connor-Riley
Commended: Lucas Bennell
Commended: Georgia Thomas
Commended: Julia Boots

3. Listen to the Austrian poet Ernst Jandl reading his poem “Auf dem Land”, https://www.lyrikline.org/de/gedichte/auf-dem-land-1237, and work out what animals and insects feature in it. Draw and label them, add a traditional Austrian recipe that relies on one of the animals/insects, and also include a vegetarian or vegan alternative recipe.

Winner: Amelia Mowla
Runner-up: Alexander Simpson
Highly commended: Katy Thody
Highly commended: Arie Biju
Commended: Jessie Walk

Years 10 and 11 (age 14-16):

1. Write a story about two children from different cultural backgrounds becoming friends through food.

Winner (joint): Neve Jeffery
Winner (joint): Mariia Oleksiyenko
Runner-up: Evie Hopkins
Commended: Klara Fazel
Commended: Naomi Wilkinson
Commended: Lea Feiereisen

2. Create an online exhibition about various kinds of bread in German-speaking countries, including captions with information about the name, ingredients and how it is made.

Winner: James Howard
Runner-up: Oona Lamont
Highly commended: Shivani Shree Kannan
Commended: Anviti Venkateshwaran

3. “Was essen wir im Jahr 2100?” Give a video presentation on the topic.

Winner: Samantha Cheng
Runner-up: Maria Symeonidis


Years 12 and 13 (age 16-18):

1. Create a brochure or website for a food project linking different communities within a German-speaking country.

Winner: Kyla Farha
Commended: Ziyi Yang

2. “Wie sichern wir eine nachhaltige Zukunft für unsere Nahrung?” Plan a conference on food sustainability for 16-18 year olds including the advertisement and programme with keynote lectures and topics for roundtable discussion sessions.

Winner: Beatrix Comey
Runner-up: Anna Bradley
Highly commended: Kristina Akova

3. Research the food culture of a society anywhere in the world in a period before 1800 and write EITHER an essay about it OR a story about that period in which food plays a part.

Winner: Mary Imlah
Runner-up: Kitty Brown
Highly commended: Nathan Diamond
Highly commended: Hannah Barlow
Commended: Catherine Gaskill
Commended: Cian Sutton-Johal


Open Competition for Groups or Classes (2-4 participants)

1. Create a humorous video sketch featuring food.

Winner: Niamh Walsh, Alys Wood, Meg Joyner, Brooke Logan
Runner-up: George Tysome, Lucas Hobson, Daniel Wicks

2. Develop an action plan for a crisis such as a natural disaster or war in which there is a sudden food shortage. Define the nature of the crisis in the headline and present the action plan in an impactful social media post for the local population.

Winner: Savannah Shepstone, On-hou Tsui, Christian Schradi, Jan Mohamed
Runner-up: Tara Sinfield-Hain, David Newsom, Yijian Yang, Lev Rozanov


3. Organise a German bake-off in your school and create a video of the competition highlights.

Winner: Omobolaji Olufemi, Ayla Brianna Conteh, Laura Samuelson
Runner-up: Meena Manoj, Sreevidya Somayajula


Discover German - Taster Competition (1-3 participants with no prior experience of studying German)

Years 7 to 9: Find a traditional recipe for Rouladen, Käsekuchen or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. Choose one of them and produce a list of 7–12 ingredients. Then create a list of alternative ingredients that would make the dish suitable for a vegan, and present your two lists attractively with a drawing or painting of the dish.

Winner: Amelia Kumar
Runner-up: Olivia White


Years 10 and 11: Create a crossword puzzle or game that includes the names of 15 vegetables and/or fruits.  

Winner: Daniel Carruthers


ROUND 2   

Oxford German Network Essay or Video Task
"Entrants should choose one of the following two topics:
1) Mein Leben während Corona or 2) Mein Leben im Jahr 2033 and write an essay (300 – 500 words in total) or create a video (max. 5 min.)"

Winner: Anna Bradley
Runner-up: Suedaba Navid
Highly commended: Fabian Bestrova