Most 16-year-olds would be apprehensive about leaving everything and everyone they know behind to go to a foreign country for a year.
But not Eidelynn Stagg.
“I spent a summer traveling all over the country with my grandparents when I was little and I loved it,” she said. “And I always have wanted to go outside the country to see more people and get a better understanding of where they live.”
In late March, Stagg learned that she had won the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship, an all-expenses paid, full academic year stay in Germany.
Stagg, whose first name means “kindred spirit,” is bubbling over with excitement about her upcoming adventure.
“When I found out I’d gotten the scholarship, I think it was the first time in my life I squealed like a 3-year-old,” she said. “I’m just looking forward to the whole experience.”