Every other year students enrolled in German classes at Central Mountain High School have the opportunity to take part in a once in a lifetime experience: participating in a German-American exchange program. Since 1999, Central Mountain High School has been in partnership with the Burghardt Gymnasium in Buchen, Germany. This month, the two partner schools held their eighth successful exchange.
Every October a select number of teenagers from the partner school in Germany are accompanied by two of their teachers, Christina Hohnerlein and Christian Speidel. The two teachers and students travel to the United States for a 10 day in-home stay in Clinton County.
Upon arrival, Douglas J. Madenford, German instructor at Central Mountain, and his students greet their German counterparts and welcome them into our community.
Shown are students who participated in the German-American exchange program at Central Mountain High School.
This year 14 German teens made the journey (eight boys and six girls). While in Pennsylvania, the Germans get to live with their American host family and have the opportunity to experience American culture.
During their stay, the CMHS students create an itinerary that includes days in school as well as some field trips into the surrounding area.
This year, there were field trips to Penn's Cave and Wildlife Park and to the Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County with a lunch stop at the famous Shady Maple Smorgasbord.
The Germans also were given a tour of the Heisey Museum and a historical lecture about Lock Haven and the logging boom of the 1800s.
The exchange creates friendships, that with the technology of today allows them to be maintained with ease. Having the opportunity to live with a German teen, American students not only have the possibility to practice their German skills but also are ambassadors of our culture and community.
In June 2014, the CMHS students will travel to Buchen to live with their new friends in Germany for 10 days.
The exchange provides an opportunity for students to break down stereotypes and to learn to appreciate a culture other than their own.
CMHS students who participated in the exchange were: Kody Brown, Brandyn Moore, Gage Hoy, Connor Winslow, Thomas Eaton, Cade Bryan, Graham Smith, Nick Masorti, Elisabeth Kline, Kaylea Sullivan, Kaitlyn Mann, Tiffany Muthler, Katelyn Walbridge and Rachel Kohberger.