|Brian Johncox. Provided.|
(May 14, 2014) Highlands High School sophomore Brian Johncox has been awarded an all-expense paid summer study trip to Germany awarded by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
Nearly 21,000 students participated in the program this year. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, Brian submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed by a committee of high school teachers and college professors of German.
Brian is one of only 44 outstanding German students selected from across the nation to receive the award. He stated, "I’m pretty excited because [my sister] Emily won the trip last year and told me a lot about it and I’m excited to experience all the great things for myself.”
The program gives students the chance to experience Germany firsthand by living with a German family and attending school. The study trip includes round‐trip air transportation to Germany from New York, a homestay with a host family and excursions to places of cultural and historical significance.
Kristin Young, German teacher at Highlands High School, stated, “I’m very proud of Brian and the efforts he has put into being successful learning German. I am so pleased that he was selected!”
Founded in 1926, the AATG is the only national organization representing 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.
Source: Press Release