2002 Graduate – Martin Macke
As Western Europe’s richest and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent’s economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed the country in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC and NATO, while the communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then Germany has expended considerable funds to bring eastern productivity and wages up to western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries formed a common European currency, the euro. Germany possesses the world’s third most technologically powerful economy after the US and Japan.
And speaking of powerful, please meet Martin Macke from Ditzingen Germany. Martin graduated with Citizens’ High School last July with a sizzling 3.5 gpa. Martin worked on cruise ships and found it impossible to attend school. After working all day on the ship, there was simply no classes offered. Martin turned to us for help. Martin was able to complete his diploma requirements in only fifteen months. We asked him how it feels to have a diploma.” I feel great about it, especially as a German. It was a very hard task to accomplish, but was worth every second spent on it.” We know it was difficult for Martin, as we don’t offer our program in any language other than English. What Martin has accomplished is a true testimony to personal drive and determination.
Martin is now a leader in his local foreign language group. He is learning and teaching English, Russian, and French. Martin is also enrolled in Fachhochschule College near Stuttgart. He is intent on learning Computer Science. With the tenacity he has already displayed, we are quite confident he will earn a degree and move on to bigger and better challenges.
We are very proud of Martin for realizing the value of an education. We are especially pleased that he not only chose an American school, but also chose us. Because Martin has completed his diploma requirements with distinction and because he is a role model for us all, we proudly bestow Graduate of the Month for June honors on him.
Mr. Martin Macke is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for June 2002.