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North High, Williamsport High students travel to Germany

July 26, 2010|By JANET HEIM
  • This photo shows the Washington County students and two of the four chaperones who went on the Wesel trip. It was taken in front of the youth hostel in Rudesheim, Germany. In the background is the River Rhein. In the front row, from left, are Jacob Coffman, Eric Scott, Stephen Longnecker, chaperone Amy Yingling, Molly Johnson, Brianna Steich, Rachel Greenwald, Alex Unger, Rachel Gouff, Kelly Wright and Kari DeVault. Back row, from left, are chaperone Mark Crilley, Luke Smith, Beth Wagner, Ben Bushong, Laura Wagner, Austin Britner, Becca Amalfitano and Teddy Beachley.
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In June, 12 students from North Hagerstown High School and five Williamsport High School students traveled with their four chaperones to Germany for the Hagerstown-Wesel Exchange.

Last year, families from the two Washington County high schools hosted 20 students from Konrad Duden Gymnasium in Wesel, Germany - an advanced high school whose students are all university-bound after graduation - as part of the exchange.

The Washington County students who traveled this summer, from June 5 to 28, included Becca Amalfitano, Teddy Beachley, Austin Britner, Ben Bushong, Jacob Coffman, Kari DeVault, Rachel Gouff, Rachel Greenwald, Molly Johnson, Stephen Longnecker, Eric Scott, Luke Smith, Brianna Steich, Alex Unger, Beth Wagner, Laura Wagner and Kelli Wright.

Chaperones were Mark Crilly, Laurel Longnecker, Randy Longnecker and Amy Yingling.

"It was a fantastic experience being able to live with a host family, attend school, be able to talk to teachers and compare how we do things," Laurel Longnecker said.

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The trip included a visit to Konrad Duden, a historical bicycle tour of Wesel, and meeting with Wesel's mayor and council. Gifts were exchanged among the groups. The itinerary included a visit to the cathedral in Cologne, a ferry ride to Xanten, originally a Roman town, as well as side trips to Weimar, Berlin, Buchenwald, Erfurt, Rothenburg, Ulm, Fussen, Munich and Stuttgart and Rudesheim, which included a three-hour cruise up the River Rhein and Braubach.

The group returned to Wesel and the culminating event was a dinner at the Zitadel, a protective fortress for Wesel in the 1800s, with the Wesel exchange and all of the host families and students.

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