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Westport Student Awarded Summer Study Trip To Germany

Ethan Shenhar, a junior at Staples High School, has been awarded an all?expense paid summer study trip to Germany.
Ethan Shenhar, a junior at Staples High School, has been awarded an all?expense paid summer study trip to Germany. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. – Ethan Shenhar, a junior at Staples High School in Westport, has been awarded an all?expense paid summer study trip to Germany.

He is a student of Carol Kochefko, German teacher at Staples High School.

Shenhar was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 95th percentile on the Level 3 2015 National German Exam for high school students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

Nearly 21,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, Shenhar submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed by a committee of college German professors.

He is one of 44 outstanding German students selected from across the U.S. to receive the award. The study trip includes round?trip air transportation to Germany from New York, a homestay in a host family and excursions to places of cultural and historical significance. The study trip award is made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany.

Shenhar and the other winners will travel to Germany this summer.

“This program gives students the chance to experience Germany firsthand by living with a German family and attending school,” said Keith Cothrun, executive director of the AATG. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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.

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