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Winner of Goethe-Institut contest will travel to Germany

Winner of Goethe-Institut contest will travel to Germany

(Hartland, March 14, 2013)—Local student Michael Makowski has won the Award of Excellence in the name of Arrowhead High School and a scholarship to study German in Germany. Each year, the Goethe-Institut, in its role as international German cultural center with six locations in the United States, produces a short video on a specific theme about contemporary life in Germany.

Michael Makowski
AHS Sophomore

Michael Makowski was one of altogether 15,000 high school students from the U.S. and Canada who participated in the Goethe-Institut’s Award of Excellence contest, now in its 21st year. The 2012 film, “Beyond Autobahn,” was centered on German automotive culture. Using the invention of the modern car by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler 125 years ago, it covered the history of the automobile as well as contemporary challenges faced by our world today, such as labor laws and environmental issues. Makowski not only solved the contest’s quiz questions, but correctly listed the exact number of teenagers in Germany who had got their driver’s license in 2010, an additional bonus question in the contest.

Michael: “It’s so cool that the Goethe Institut does this.  It’s such a great opportunity, and I feel so lucky to have been given it.  It is going to be so much fun and I can hardly wait.”
Regardless of whether or not they won a prize, feedback on the Goethe-Institut contest demonstrated the great enthusiasm that teachers and students had for using “Beyond Autobahn” to engage in the topic and learn about a foreign country and its people.

For more information on the Award of Excellence 2012 or the upcoming Award of Excellence 2013, call (212) 439-8719 or visit the Goethe-Institut New York online at www.goethe.de/newyork

Goethe-Institut New York
72 Spring Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10012

Björn Technau (Mr.)
Language Consultant
Tel. (212) 439-8719

Dustin Cosentino
Public Relations Officer
Tel. (212) 439-8713

Founded in 1959, the Goethe-Institut promotes German language learning and fosters international cultural cooperation between the United States and Germany. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on its cultural, social, and political life. Our three downtown locations offer a broad spectrum of cultural events and programs to our local audience, providing a stage in the Big Apple for the German art scene and intercultural exchange.