Emelie Gast - Germany Interview by Olivia Bush Nomination by Dieter Gast Photography by Wildfire Studios Aberdeen South Dakota Issue 33 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Emelie Gast is a very engaged and motivated teen in different areas. Since she was a girl she started to sing and to play the piano. She was a member of the best choir of Germany in 2017 and she had several concerts every year. Beside this she likes to attend in the plays and musicals. Every part she did in the past was outstanding and with so much enthusiasm and engagement. While she was an exchange student in Aberdeen 2019/20 she passed the audition for the Show Choir, Acappella Choir, Fall Play, One-Act-Play and Spring Musical. Because of her attitude, her motivation and her positive personality she was awarded as student of the month in November 2019 from Forte International. At the beginning of 2019 she was selected as president of our national student parliament. She had to lead the discussion and did some statements to the television. At the end of this school year she was awarded for her special engagement for her school. She is a wonderful teen and I can highly recommend to everyone to vote for Emelie. She definitely deserved it!
Photography by Wildfire Studios Aberdeen South Dakota
How did you get involved in choir? Tell me more about what being in these choral groups is like? Since I was little, I really enjoyed singing and listening to music. Every year the choir holds a Christmas concert, which my family and I have attended each year since I can remember. I was about 8 years old when I finally joined this choir. It is just a nice feeling to be involved in a group where everyone has the same interests as you. The team spirits in this group was unbelievable. We stick together and help each other. We won so many competitions traveling all over Europe. In 2017 we won the German-choir competition with the title best choir in Germany. For me it was very important to have the opportunity to sing in a choir during my exchange year. I am so glad that I joined A-cappella and show choir. I have learned and saw so much.
What has been your favorite concert or musical you have performed in? Why? My favorite musical has been Clue. It was a one-act play based on the board game, Clue. I performed it along with classmates at my U.S high school this past February. I played the part of a maid and one of the body-major. We traveled to Sioux Falls, SD on a 3-day journey and performed our musical for a competition. We also saw many other one act. Our group got a Superior rating.
Photography by a friend
What inspired you to want to do an exchange year abroad? Why? My dream has always being able to travel and see the world. I have always been fascinated with learning how the American school system works; the lifestyles of the people and what their food tasted like. A few years ago, my sister Lisa did a semester abroad in San Diego. She talked about her fantastic semester and that she learned a lot. I wanted to do that as well. But I didn’t want to wait until college, I wanted to do it as fast as possible. It was my dream. I’ve worked, and studied a lot to live my dream and I would do it every day again.
What is your favorite moment from your exchange year? Why? I had so many beautiful and amazing moments. One of my favorites is the day that I actually arrived and met my host family in person. I was excited and nervous to embark on this amazing journey. I had waited 7 months for this moment; and there it was, and my dream was coming true. It was just an unbelievable moment in my life.
Photography by Dieter Gast
I know you were elected as the President of your National Student Parliament, tell me more about this, what does this job involve? My task was to open the Plenary session and to keep everything under control. It was up to me to say who had the floor and was allowed to speak next. Another task was, that I had to announce the various votes and also check the results. At the end, the results of the votes were repeated and recorded. Giving a speech in front of the Parliament as well as the following interviews on television were very exciting and educative.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? My advice to other teenager would be to believe in yourself. Be brave try new things and don’t give up. Fight for your dreams and always strive to be a better version of yourself every day!
Emelie will be featured in Issue 33 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Last school year my family had the privilege of hosting an exchange student from Brazil.The exchange program was organized through the Rotary.Nicole lived with us and attended CB West as a senior.I learned a lot about her culture and it was great to have an older sister, too. Nicole spoke three languages: Portuguese, German and English. She also benefitted from the exchange program.I recently interviewed her to ask about her experience. 1.Why did you decide to do the exchange in America? The Rotary program sends students all over the world. I wanted America because I had seen so many American movies and TV shows and I wanted to experience the culture.I also liked the choice of America because there are people from all over the world that live there.
2.What are some differences between here and where you live in Brazil? In Brazil, we do not have peanut butter.Our school day is also much shorter.We go from 7:30 am-12:00 pm.After our regular school day most students go to English language classes or to work.
3.What did you enjoy most about your experience in the United States? I met so many great people.I enjoyed all of the friends that I made at CB West and through the rotary program. I also liked visiting new places.
4.How did the exchange benefit you? I became more independent, improved my English and made some great friends that I am still in contact with today.