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MSJHS Sophomore Awarded Summer Study Trip to Germany
Posted 5/3/19

Kushal Chattopadhyay, a student at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA, has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany. Kushal was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 99% percentile on the Level 2 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, s/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.


Chattopadhyay 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.”


Chattopadhyay and the other winners will travel to Germany this summer. He is a student of Carolyn Hawkshaw, German teacher at German School of Fremont.


Kushal  is very passionate about learning foreign languages like Spanish, German, and Bengali. He loves to travel and has visited multiple countries.  His knowledge in world geography is vast. He not only enjoys traveling, but understands that not all students are fortunate to travel to learn about the various cultures like him. So, he started the afterschool World Club at Grimmer Elementary school to make the students aware of the cultural diversity of the world. He teaches the students twice a month about the geography, culture, and languages of the world through his engaging presentations. The students get an opportunity to research and present their findings about interesting facts of countries they did not know previously. During the World Club sessions, students also play fun geography games on Kahoot, National Geographic for kids and Google Earth alongside virtual trips to countries using Google VR Cardboard to increase their knowledge of the world. The students at Grimmer Elementary enjoy the World Club very much and their knowledge of geography has improved immensely.


Mission San Jose High School sophomore Kushal Chattopadhyay.