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Bailey Kirkpatrick Wins Paid Summer Trip To Germany

Congratulations to junior Bailey Kirkpatrick who has been awarded an all expense paid summer study trip to Germany. Bailey is a student of German teacher Cindi Hodgdon.

Kirkpatrick was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 95th percentile on the Level 4 2017 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Over 20,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, she submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed by a committee comprised of high school teachers and college professors of German.

Kirkparick is one of forty‐four outstanding German students selected from across the US to receive the award. The study trip includes round‐trip air transportation to Germany from New York, a homestay in a host family, and excursions to places of cultural and historical significance. The study trip, now in its 57th year, is made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany.

“This year’s prize winners are some of the finest students in the US,” said Keith Cothrun, Executive Director of the AATG. “The prize is a great reward for excellence in learning German—and the best way to better get to know a fascinating language and culture through first-hand experiences living with a German family and attending school.”

Founded in 1926, the AATG represents German teachers at all levels of instruction. The AATG is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of language, literature and culture of the German‐speaking countries.