Student Chosen for Study Trip to Germany

Fox Chapel Area High School junior Emma Paulini has been awarded an all-expenses-paid summer study trip to Germany. Emma was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 91st percentile on the Level IV 2016 National German Exam for High School Students. The exam is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Emma is one of only 44 outstanding German students from across the nation chosen to receive the award. The study trip includes round-trip air transportation to Germany from New York. In Germany, Emma will stay with a host family, attend a “Gymnasium” (a college-prep high school), and take excursions to places of cultural and historical significance.

More than 21,000 students from across the country took the exam. After qualifying based on her exam score, Emma then had to answer several short essay questions in German and in English and she was also interviewed by a committee comprised of high school teachers and college professors of German.

“This year’s prize winners are some of the finest students in the U.S.,” 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.”

Emma and the other winners will travel to Germany this summer. She is a student of Fox Chapel Area High School German teachers Tanja Koller and Andrew Richards.

The study trip, now in its 56th year, is made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany.

Founded in 1926 and celebrating its 90th anniversary, 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.