Ephrata s Yoder selected for summer study in Germany Hannah Yoder

By on April 27, 2011

Ephrata High School sophomore Hannah Yoder has been awarded an all-expense-paid trip in June to the Federal Republic of Germany. The trip is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Hannah was nominated for the 3 1/2-week summer study trip by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of AATG after undergoing an individual interview in German and a group interview in English. Their recommendation was given to the national organization, who selected 39 students for the trip. Grants from the Federal Republic of Germany have made the study trip possible for over 50 years. Over 23,000 high school students competed nationally for the trip. The summer study trip will be a great opportunity that will allow Hannah to experience Germany firsthand, further her German skills and hopefully encourage her enthusiasm for studying German. She is an outstanding student and deserves this honor, said Mrs. Jennifer Hesser, Hannah s German 3 teacher at Ephrata High School. Hannah scored in the 97th percentile nationally on a German 3 test this year and in the 94th percentile on the German 2 test last year. I m looking forward to living with a host family in Nuremberg for the first 2 1/2 weeks of the trip and then spending one week in Berlin, Hannah said. The trip will broaden my understanding of another culture and how others live. I m sure I ll take a lot of pictures.

Since 1982, 13 Ephrata High School students have been selected for AATG summer study trips to Germany to study the language and experience the culture. While in Germany, the American students will also attend high school classes, which run into July, and take field trips to local points of cultural and historic interest. Most host families also plan excursions to show their visiting son" or daughter the area in which they are living. More YODER, page A18

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