Paul Beck, a Sandy High School graduate, and Jennifer Cregg, a graduate of Sunset High School, will each spend the 2003-04 academic year in Germany. Joelle Tybon of University Place, Wash., has earned a French Government Teaching Assistantship for 2003-04, which students apply for through the Fulbright Program.
This brings to 10 the number of Fulbright grants or French Government Teaching Assistantships that Linfield students have earned in the past five years.
The students competed with nearly 5,300 applicants worldwide for one of 1,134 grants administered by the Fulbright Commission. The grants are designed to fund study, research and teaching in other countries to promote a greater understanding of different cultures and nationalities.
Beck, who will earn a degree in international business with a minor in German this year, is a 1996 graduate of Sandy High School in Sandy. His parents, Sherman and Marilyn Beck, now live in Smithfield, Utah. Beck will research the effects of European integration on the German economy. He will spend a semester at the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken, Germany, studying the historical, political and economic contexts of the European Union's introduction of the single currency system. He will spend the second part of the year producing case studies to provide evidence regarding the impact of the euro, which became currency in January 2001, on small and middle-sized enterprises within the Saarland region.
Beck said he hopes to gain an insight into the German and European economies.
"I want to find out what impact currency changes and fluctuations have had on Germany," noted Beck, who feels the change has been positive. "I want to see if the euro has accomplished the goals that were set out for it when it was introduced two years ago. Most of these smaller companies that I'm studying would have had a lot of difficulty exporting their products and would be hit by currency fluctuations before the euro."
Cregg, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in German with minors in political science and European studies from Linfield in December 2002, has been offered a Pädagogischer Austauschdienst teaching assistantship, and is awaiting information about her placement in Germany. She is currently a graduate student in English at the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany.
Following her teaching assistantship, Cregg hopes to continue her master's studies and eventually teach English in Germany. She is a 1998 graduate of Sunset High School in Beaverton. Her parents, Jim and Jeannie Cregg, now reside in Claremont, Calif.
Tybon, who will graduate with a bachelor's degree in history and English with a minor in French, is the recipient of a French Government Teaching Assistantship. She will spend 12 hours a week in a French high school teaching English conversation classes. An avid soccer player, Tybon also hopes to play soccer or coach a French girls' team.
"I hope to improve my French language skills as well as learn more about the French people and their culture," said Tybon, the daughter of Ronald and Marta Tybon of University Place, Wash., and a 1999 graduate of Curtis High School. "At the same time, I feel that much of American culture needs some explaining from someone who has experienced it firsthand, and so a goal of mine is to impart that knowledge to the students I come into contact with."