German students earn study trips, scholarships

Three Fayetteville-Manlius High School students were recently recognized for their achievements in language studies.

All three students study German under F-M High School teacher Frau Stewart.

Study Abroad Scholarships

American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) recently named sophomore Sam Theoharis an AATG Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD) Study Trip Award recipient. As part of his award, Sam will travel to Germany this summer where he will reside with a local family for about four weeks, attend classes at an academic high school, and participate in various excursions to places of cultural significance.

To be eligible for this award, students must score in the 90th percentile or higher on the National German Exam, have a B or more grade average and be at least 15 years old by June 1, 2018. Students must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, not live in a household where regular conversation is in German, and must not have visited a German-speaking country for more than two consecutive weeks since the age of six.

Freshman True Usiatynski was recently awarded a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program Scholarship and will move to Germany for a full year next school year.

As a CBYX program scholar, True will live with a German host family and attend a German high school. She will have opportunities to meet with government officials, participate in cultural excursions and receive supplementary language lessons.

Students are selected for the CBYX program following a rigorous application process. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 15 and 18 years old and a current high school student with a grade point average of 3.0 or more (on a 4.0 scale).

Academic merit, as well as motivation, curiosity and flexibility are key components to a competitive application, according to the CBYX website.

Academic Scholarship

Senior Matthew Dai was one of only six local students who was recently named a German-American Society of Central New York scholarship recipient. He received an $800 academic award during an April 30 ceremony.