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BHS Student Earns Study Trip to Germany

Helen Frank

Brighton High School sophomore Helen Frank was awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany. She was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 95th percentile on the Level 4 2019 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.

“I'm really excited to see Germany,” Frank said. “For two weeks, I get to stay with a host family and go to school, so I'm excited to see what school is like in Germany compared to here.”

Frank is one of 45 outstanding German students selected from across the United States to receive the award. 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. The study trip, which in its 59th year, was made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany.

Frank will travel to Germany from June 27 to July 20. She is the 19th BHS student to earn a national study travel award since 1986. Susan Gillespie is her German teacher at BHS.

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.