LHS Senior Wins German Scholarship

LHS Senior Wins German Scholarship
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Lincoln High School is proud to share that Junior student Amy Bailey has been selected as a Congress-Bundestag/ Youth for Understanding Scholarship Recipient. The scholarship, valued at roughly $20,000, is only awarded to 250 students nationwide.  Amy will have the chance to live and study in Germany for her senior year. After attending a local Pre-departure orientation in May and a National Pre-departure orientation in Naperville, IL in July, she will finally depart for Germany at the end of August. After a 4 week intensive language course, Amy will be attending a Gymnasium (Germany’s equivalent to a college-bound high school) for one year and will be staying with a German family while attending school. Additionally, Amy will travel to Berlin to visit the Bundestag (German parliament) and have the opportunity to speak to members of the Bundestag, in German of course. The application process for this opportunity was extensive; Amy began this process in October of last year, and accepted the award in mid-April. In addition to asking teachers for recommendations, phone interviews, and extended essays for the application, Amy has also been busy making sure that everything she needs to complete her Manitowoc Lincoln High School diploma is ready to go upon her return from Germany. She is taking a full course load this year as well as completing additional coursework outside of school to meet the graduation requirements. To be eligible for the program a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of between 3.0 and 4.0. Amy currently has a cumulative GPA of 3.723. Amy’s family hosted a student from Germany from Lincoln’s sister school exchange in Seligenstadt, Germany in the fall of 2017 and in 2018, Amy spent 17 days of summer in Germany as part of the German Live Exchange Program where she was able to visit the school and sites and live with a local family. Even though no previous language experience is required for participation in the program, Amy feels that her German language classes and her time spent on the exchange last summer will give her an edge in gaining as much as she can from her cultural and linguistic opportunities while in Germany. She is very excited, and a little bit nervous, about her upcoming adventure! After graduation, Amy plans to pursue a degree in German language education.