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Academies’ junior Taylor Tadlock receives I.U. scholarship for summer study in Germany

February 11, 2011

02/14/11 Plymouth resident Taylor Tadlock, a junior at Culver Academies, has been awarded a $4,500 scholarship from the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, to study this summer in Krefeld, Germany. 

Tadlock is the daughter of Christy and William H. Hargraves III of Plymouth. 

Announcement of Tadlock as the recipient of the first “Krefeld Reduction in Fees Award” was made earlier this month by the Department of Germanic Studies in conjunction with the I.U. Honors Program in Foreign Language. The award will cover all IUHPFL program fees, allowing Tadlock to study German in Krefeld, Germany, for seven weeks this summer in a total immersion program.

Tadlock’s selection was based on her essay of how going to Krefeld would help her to achieve her goals, both current and future. 

She explained that she will be taking Advanced Placement German as a senior and that having spent the summer in Germany “would help a lot.” Looking ahead, the 17-year-old is interested in linguistics as a career. “I like working with people,” she said, “and I don’t want language differences to be an issue.” 

Tadlock’s German instructor Cathy Tulungen said, “Taylor’s enthusiasm for the language is most notable. She truly enjoys learning new words and new expressions.  She has worked to develop her listening skills through paying careful attention in class and through seeking opportunities to listen to German online or being spoken by others. Taylor is also one of very few students who will do extra reading in German just for fun.”

Tulungen added that since Tadlock learned that she would be participating in the IU summer program, she has been trying to learn more of the colloquial language that youth her age might use in Germany.

“We are excited about the ability to offer this award to one of our students,” said Stephanie Goetz, managing director of IUHPFL. “The international language program offers students an exceptional opportunity to significantly advance their language skills while gaining a rich foreign experience.”

Every year the IUHPFL program sends from 25 to 32 high school students to each of nine sites in France, Germany, Mexico, and Spain for seven weeks in June and July. The academically-focused study abroad program is for high school students in their third year or higher of their foreign language. Linguistic immersion is achieved by means of the Language Commitment, in which students commit to speak only the foreign language during their time abroad, while cultural immersion is achieved by living with a host family, engaging daily in the host culture, and participating in excursions to regional sites.

About Culver Academies

Located on a scenic 1,800-acre lakeside campus in Culver, Ind., Culver Academies offers a coeducational college preparatory boarding school for grades 9-12 and an unparalleled summer experience through the Culver Summer Schools & Camps for boys and girls ages 7-17.

Culver educates its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society. This is in addition to its rigorous and well-respected academic and extracurricular activities.

Founded in 1894, Culver Military Academy teaches young men leadership, self-discipline, and responsibility. Culver Girls Academy, founded in 1971, is based upon the English prefect system of student leadership to achieve similar values for young women. The schools operate coordinately as Culver Academies.

Culver’s boarding school enrollment of approximately 800 is comprised of a global student body from more than 40 states and 25 countries, including China, Mexico, Europe, South Korea, and Canada. About 45 percent of Culver students receive need- or merit-based financial aid. The same approach to leadership is taught in the Culver Summer Schools & Camps, which enrolls 1,400 boys and girls from over 40 states, and 37 countries.