While Cathedral Prep has plenty of exchange students who come to study abroad here, it is not very often that a student from Prep gets the opportunity to experience studying abroad. That is just the case for Prep junior Nicholas Ng.
Ng (’15) took the National German Exam along with the other German classes at Prep. He scored in the 99th percentile of students taking the test across the country and was selected for the trip by the chapter testing chairman. Ng and 43 other students won the trip out of 21,000 students who entered.
In order to qualify for the trip, Ng had to go through an interview process that required him to speak in both English and German. Nick has been in the German program at Prep since he was a freshman and has excelled since he started. He took the National German Exam in his sophomore year as well, and did exceptionally well too, missing only one question.
The trip is in June and July of 2014 and runs for 25 days. All the students on the trip will be living with host families and going to school, since schools in Germany run late into the summer. The trip will be taking place in the Fraconia region of Germany and Ng says the students will be going to either Nuremberg or Kulmbach.
Nick says he is very excited to be going to Germany. He has wanted to go on this trip for some time in order to gain an even better understanding of the German language and learn more about German culture.
This is kind of opportunity is not something that happens very often at Prep, and it is great that Nick’s hard work of learning the German language is paying off in such a great way. There is no doubt Nick’s trip will be unforgettable. It is things like this that show that hard work can lead to fantastic opportunities.