Vail Christian student Tanner Pierce-Durance to spend junior year in Germany
EDWARDS — A Vail Christian High School student will spend her junior year abroad as part of an international language and cultural exchange program.
Tanner Pierce-Durance is one of 250 high school students from across the nation selected to participate in the Congressional-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program. She’ll spend the next 10 months in Germany and leaves soon for a three-week orientation and language camp in Hedersleben, Germany.
Pierce-Durance will live with a host family of four in the small town of Kevelaer in northwest Germany near the Netherlands border. She will attend classes at the local high school and be taught and tested only in German. Pierce-Durance said she speaks very little German.
“I’m counting down the days until I get on that plane,” Pierce-Durance said.
The Congressional-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program was launched in 1983 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first German immigrant to what would become the United States. It is the longest running bilateral exchange program in the country.
Pierce-Durance was nominated for this scholarship by Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG), which recruits candidates in an eight-state area, including Colorado. As part of the exchange, FLAG places German students with U.S. families for an academic year.
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