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Posted June 25, 2014

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Two APS Students Selected to Study in Germany

U.S. State Dept.-Sponsored Program Provides for 10 months abroad

[Albuquerque, NM]—Two Albuquerque Public Schools students have been selected to study in Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Josephine Lewis, who will be a junior next year at the Early College Academy, and Victoria Cannon,  who will graduate from Cibola High in July, were selected for the program that provides high-school age students the chance to study in Germany for 10 months. While in Germany they will attend a German high school, meet with government officials, visit the German Bundestag (Germany’s Congress) and other cultural sites, and learn to speak and write German, while living with a German host family. The scholarship program pays for transportation from the U.S. to Germany and other expenses.

“I think is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about another culture and study abroad,” said Melanie Lewis, Josephine’s mother.

Before she leaves for Germany, Josephine and her sister Jemina, a student at Taylor Mid-School, and their mom will spend a few days in Washington, D.C., visiting Sen. Tom Udall and touring the Capitol and other sites.

David Cannon, Victoria’s father, said his daughter had decided to go to summer school and graduate early in order to participate in the program. “It was very competitive to get in with about 600 students in this region applying for the program, and only 50 were selected,” Cannon said.  The New Mexico region includes Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Southern California.

In order to qualify for the program, students must be between 15 and 18 years old, and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Started in 1983, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the U.S. through citizen diplomacy. The program was founded in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the first German immigration to the U.S. It is funded jointly by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag.

More than 17,000 students have participated in the program since its inception some 30 years ago.

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