By Ana Made, Class of 2019
On November 27th the High School for Media and Communications hosted the Bronx Berlin Connection in order to provide students with more knowledge about Germany and discuss the Goethe Institute, which sponsored the visit to the school. English teacher Doctor Shearier, who also teaches a German elective, was instrumental in bringing the Berlin Group to the school. Olga Liamkina, an educational liaison, also played a major role in bringing the Berlin performers to the school. Liamkina works with the Goethe Institute to help enforce and spread the German culture to communities, like Washington Heights, who are not exposed to foreign customs. Media students enjoyed the performance of the Berlin program. One student stated, “The school should do this again.” The students also liked that the performers were young adults and were “cool people to be around.” The experience of meeting new people and the level of positive energy coming from the dancers and rappers on stage was exhilarating for Media students Emani Williams and Tenisha Terry M, who were able to perform along the dancers on stage. One Berlin performer, Sherry, lives in Berlin but has Turkish roots. Sherry works with the Bronx Berlin program but also teaches kids how to dance as a part-time job. Sherry does social work with the program, and when asked what she liked about her visit to Media, she said, “It was nice working with the students.” Sherry offered her Instagram, [NabirheS], for students to follow and keep up with her journey. The Goethe Institute is a cultural association operating worldwide. The Bronx Berlin program exchanges teenagers from Berlin to the Bronx so they can improve their social and language skills. These programs are crucial in having follow-up performances. Media High School felt honored to be able to host such innovative people who gave workshops and a dynamite performance in their school.