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Students give their view of Hermann

September 20, 2009
By Serra Muscatello, Staff Writer

NEW ULM - Three New Ulm High School students led a panel discussion talking about "Hermann the German" Saturday afternoon as part of the festivities of the Hermann Victory Celebration.

The discussion was modeled after the television show "The View" and held at Martin Luther College.

"I think it was a great learning experience for them (the students) to do research and become better acquainted with a symbol of New Ulm - the Hermann statue," said Steve Weber, principal at New Ulm High School.

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New Ulm High School Principal Steve Weber (l) makes a point during a panel discussion about Hermann the German. New Ulm High School students participating are Jason Johnson, Megan Nutting and Becca Fleck. For more photos of this event, go to

Students involved in the discussion included New Ulm High School students: Jason Johnson, Becca Fleck and Megan Nutting (Havemeier).

"I think Hermann is the best thing since sliced bread," Megan Nutting (Havemeier) said at the beginning of the discussion.

Weber said he was contacted in mid-May by the Hermann Victory Committee to get something like this during the celebration that would involve the students.

Originally five students in an (AP) Advanced Placement European History class had expressed interest in the idea, Weber said.

Megan was one of the original five original students - the others were unable to do the presentation for various reasons, said Weber. There was also one student who had agreed to be in Saturday's discussion but was ill the day of the event, said Weber, who sat in for the student who was supposed to play the part of "Hermann" during the discussion.

"It (the discussion) was not scripted," said Weber, "It was off the cuff."

Prior to the panel discussion the students watched a History Channel program called, "Decisive Battles of the Ancient World," Weber said.

"Then the kids did their own investigation," said Weber.

The students, who each expressed their own views of Hermann and the historical aspects of the battle, followed a brief Hermann Discussion outline.

"He (Hermann) is still relevant to New Ulm," said Becca Fleck, "Where would we be today without him ... but I don't agree with all of his actions."



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