Madison “Maddy” Reese, a ninth-grade student at Clements High School, is one of 10 winners of the Goethe-Institut’s Award of Excellence contest. She was among 15,000 high school students from the U.S. and Canada to participate in the contest, which asked participants to view a video and correctly answer quiz questions relating to the video.
This year’s video, titled “Beyond Autobahn,” focused on German automotive culture. The film covered the history of the automobile, as well as contemporary challenges faced by the world today, such as labor laws and environmental issues.
Not only did Reese solve the quiz questions, but she also correctly answered the bonus question. As a winner, she was awarded a scholarship to study the German language this summer at a Goethe-Institut course of her choosing. She has selected a course in Freiburg in the southwest part of Germany. She will attend the study course from July 7-27.
“I’m so excited and surprised to have won this scholarship, and I’m very thankful for getting this opportunity,” said Reese. “Planning the trip has been fun, and I have already learned so much about Germany. I can’t wait to submerge myself in the culture and meet new friends who share the same love of Germany.”
This is the second time that a Clements student has earned the Award of Excellence. For more information about the Award of Excellence 2012 or the upcoming Award of Excellence 2013, visit the Goethe-Institut New York online at www.goethe.de/newyork.