German student gets the gold

Students all over the country have been competing against each other to win the chance of a lifetime, and an OHS student was one of the few who won the prize: an all expense paid trip to Germany.

Melina Delkic (10), after taking the National German Exam in Feb. 2011, was presented with an opportunity to change her life forever.

“I was really excited when I found out because I didn’t think there was any way I would win the trip,” Delkic says.

Out of the 23,000 students in the U.S. who took the test, only 44 were picked to travel to Germany and receive an all expense paid trip from the American Association of
Teachers of German (AATG). For three and a half weeks, June 29-July 23, the students will attend a German speaking school, learn about the culture, and participate in various activities.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how the people in Germany live and being able to practice my German all the time,” Delkic says.

Delkic earned the gold distinction (93 percent) on the level two exam and then was nominated by the Missouri Testing Committee to represent Missouri in the national competition.

The National German Exam is given by the AATG each year on the second, third, and fourth level of German language study and has been held for more than 50 years.