ANDREW MCFADYEN, SOPHOMORE, ON LEFT, RAMSHA SHAMS, JUNIOR, WILSON HIGH SCHOOL
Andrew McFadyen and Ramsha Shams, both IB students at Wilson High School in Florence, have been awarded all]expense]paid summer study trips to Germany. McFadyen, a sophomore, was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 99 percentile on the Level III 2014 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Nearly 23,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, he 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.
McFadyen is one of forty]four outstanding German students selected from across the US 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 award is made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany. “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.” Ramsha Shams, a junior, is the national winner of the 2014 Szombathy-Toth Scholarship to participate in the AATG German Summer Study Program.
Provided through a generous contribution of the Szombathy-Toth family, this scholarship is for a minority student of German. Shams will participate in a similar Summer study program as McFadyen, plus round-trip air transportation from Florence, SC to Germany. McFadyen and Shams will travel to Germany this summer. They are students of Dr. Lucia Huang, German teacher at Wilson High School. For four consecutive years, IB students from Wilson High School have won this prestigious national award for South Carolina. 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. For more information on the IB Program, contact Mrs. Patty Evans at PEvans@fsd1.org or Mrs. Jennifer Hill at JHill@fsd1.org.