Avery Bivens Wins Trip To Germany

Press Release


Avery Bivens, a student at Caddo Parish Magnet High School in Shreveport, LA, has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany.
Avery was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 98th percentile on the Level II 2019 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Over 20,000 students participated in the program. After qualifying with a high score on the National German Exam, he submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then interviewed by a committee comprised of high school teachers and college professors of German.

Avery is one of forty‐four outstanding German students selected from across the US 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.”

Avery Bivens and the other winners will travel to Germany this summer. He is a student of Mrs. Halinka Nowak, German teacher at Caddo Parish Magnet High School.

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.