Vazquez earns Germany trip

By on July 2, 2013

Cheryl Vazquez

Ephrata High School junior Cheryl Vazquez has been awarded an all-expense-paid summer trip to Germany. The trip is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Nearly 23,000 high school students competed nationally for the trip.

Vazquez qualified to compete for the four-week summer study trip by scoring in the 99th percentile on the Level 3 National German Exam. The local competition included an individual interview in German and a group interview in English with members of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of AATG, who are high school and college German instructors. They selected one local student to advance to the national competition where 44 students were selected to receive the trip. The students will spend a week in Berlin and three weeks living with a host family.

"Ever since I began studying French in sixth grade, I have wanted to go to Europe," said Vazquez. "I am really excited because the trip will give me the chance to strengthen my German skills, try new foods and see cathedrals and castles that are centuries old."

In addition to studying German for three years, Vazquez has also completed three years of French, a year of Chinese and is independently studying Korean and Japanese. She is considering a career as a language translator.

Five Ephrata High School students were among the 15 from the Central Pennsylvania region who participated in the local interview competition.

"This chapter of AATG is rather large, so we are so fortunate that one third of the students who qualified for the interview process were from Ephrata High School, said Mrs. Sally Wise, Vazquez’s German teacher.

Since 1982, 14 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 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.

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