These are American citizens and children of one or both American citizens, or children adopted by American citizens:
- who have lived in a German-speaking country 6 weeks or more at one time since the age of 13.
- who resides with a native German-speaker, who regularly speaks German at home
- who speaks German at home, or
- who visits or has visited a German-speaking country (annually or biannually), visiting German-speaking homes.who attended a school, where all subjects were taught in German, for one or more years
No exchange students from German-speaking countries may enter the “advantaged speaker” categories or any other categories of the contest.
Exchange students from non-German-speaking countries may enter the category for the level in which they qualify.
Advantaged speakers may compete in the strictly “Advantaged Speaker” categories: prose/poetry memory. And they may participate in the following: plays, skits level 4, puppets level 4, all arts categories, but not in any tests. It is left to the professional judgment of the teacher to determine the eligibility of students. Questions of eligibility should be addressed to the contest director prior to the contest registration deadline. If a student is designated advantaged in one category, he/she must be entered as advantaged in all categories and contests.