FLORENCE, S.C. – Wilson High School student Sophie Watson won an all-expense-paid summer study trip to Germany.
Sophie was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 96th percentile on the Level III 2019 National German Exam for High School Students, which is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
More than 20,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, she submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed in both German and English by a committee composed of high school teachers and college professors of German.
Watson 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, now in its 60th year, is made possible through a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany.
“This year’s prize winners are some of the finest students in the US,” 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 firsthand experiences living with a German family and attending school.”
She is a student of Lucia Huang, a German teacher at Wilson High School. This is the second consecutive year that a Wilson student won this national award, and Watson is the sixth winner from Wilson High School since 2011.
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.