Avery Warkentin, a Grade 11 W. J. Mouat student, has won the first prize in the annual B.C. German Language Contest, and has been selected by the German Consulate to represent the province in a tour of Germany this summer.
The competition was open to students taking German in high school; no native German speakers can participate.
The trip is fully funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and organized by the Pedagogic Exchange Service, a branch of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany, and operates as a national agency to promote international exchange and co-operation.
Every summer, the organization invites the most deserving German language students from 90 countries to travel through Germany in groups of 30 for a period of two weeks, followed by a two-week visit to a German school. This year, only nine students were selected in Canada.
Warkentin is also a French Immersion student who speaks French fluently.