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Decatur High student earns spot in prestigious German exchange program

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Decatur High student earns spot in prestigious German exchange program

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Milly Patel. Photo provided to Decaturish


A rising sophomore at Decatur High School will spend her next school year studying abroad in Germany through a Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) program, according to a press release from the CIEE.

Milly Patel is one of 250 American high school students from across the United States to be awarded the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Scholarship, the release said.

CBYX students live with a German host family for the academic year and participate in a four-week language and cultural immersion camp to gain a better understanding of German culture, language and everyday life. Additionally, students visit the German Bundestag, meet with American and German government officials, participate in intercultural seminars and explore the country through numerous excursions to nearby cities, historical sites, and more.

The CBYX program, which is jointly funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag, was created to foster mutual understanding and strengthen ties between Germany and the U.S. through citizen diplomacy.

Decatur has sent a number of students to Germany through CBYX in the past. Now, Patel will get to join that list as she travels abroad with the fully-funded scholarship.

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