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LAHS students score high on national exam

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By Special to the Monitor

There was a lot to celebrate during the German Club meeting on Friday. German teacher Anita Boshier recognized the students who placed in the top 90th percentile for the National German Exams this year.

Sixteen students including level two testers Rachel Robey, Miriam Barnum, Laura Wendelberger, Lorenzo Venneri, Johnny Jacobs, Elisabeth Turner, Marie Louise Schmidt and Isaac Koh as well as level three testers Emily Tencate, William Korber, Joseph Weiss, Celeste Ranken and Bethany McBride and level four testers David Li, Cameron Ranken, Miranda Mundt, Ryan Dunham and Martin Loncaric received medals and book prizes for being among the top 90th percentile of more than 23,000 students who took the National German Examination administered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in 2009-2010.

Additionally, Li, Korber and Mundt were honored with awards on the national level.

Li was awarded a summer study trip to Germany. He scored in the 99th percentile nationally, submitted essays in German and took part in a 20-minute telephone interview all in German.

Li was selected to represent New Mexico/El Paso nationally. A national committee awarded Li the trip. Only 39 regular study trips are awarded nationally.

Korber was awarded the prestigious Annual Langenscheidt Award. This award is administered by Langenscheidt Educational Services for outstanding effort and achievement in the study of a Foreign Language.

Mundt was awarded the Annual GLOW or German Learning Opportunities Website National German Achievement Award.

Boshier said she was very proud of her German students’ achievements.

Founded in 1926, the AATG is the only national organization representing German teachers at all levels of instruction.