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80 U.S. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO VISIT GERMANY IN DAIMLER-BENZ 'AWARD OF EXCELLENCE' CONTEST

             80 U.S. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO VISIT GERMANY IN
                DAIMLER-BENZ 'AWARD OF EXCELLENCE' CONTEST
    NEW YORK, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Daimler-Benz AG, Germany's largest industrial company, announced today that it will award a three- week educational tour of Germany to 80 winners of an essay competition it is sponsoring for American high school students.
    The "Award of Excellence" competition, initiated by Edzard Reuter, chairman of the board of management of Daimler-Benz, and organized by the Goethe Institute in New York, is being held at select high schools in the United States where German and German cultural studies are taught.  Contestants, 15 to 17 years old, will be required to write on a subject related to Germany or Berlin, or both.
    Reuter announced the competition while in New York this week.  The program's objectives, as delineated by Reuter, are to foster mutual understanding and appreciation of American and German cultures and broaden relations between German and American families.
    "It is very important to maintain a close relationship between the United States and Germany in as many areas as possible," Reuter said, "particularly politics, industry and culture.  Inviting these students to Germany signifies our commitment to better understanding between Germans and Americans."
    Of more than 6,000 U.S. high schools, 80 have been selected to have their students submit essays.  The student who writes the best essay from each school will be the winner.
    The students will live with the families of employees of Daimler- Benz.  Reuter emphasized the high response among employees wishing to open their homes to the students.  "Our employees are very excited about having American students visit us.  More than 350 families want to host the students."
    Before the "Award of Excellence" winners depart for Germany on June 15, Dr. Jurgen Ruhfus, German ambassador to the United States, will host a luncheon for them in Washington.
    In Germany, the students will have a full and varied schedule, including plant visits at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart and Deutsche Aerospace in Munich and various cultural events.  To conclude their visit, the students will participate in a German-American youth friendship meeting in Berlin July 4.
    Daimler-Benz, of Stuttgart, is a multinational, integrated high- technology corporation comprised of four corporate units:  Mercedes- Benz, manufacturing cars and commercial vehicles, AEG, the elctrotechnological and electronics concern, Deutsche Aerospace, active in the field of aviation, space and defense technology and Daimler-Benz InterServices (debis), the services company.  In 1991, Daimler-Benz had consolidated sales of approximately DM 94,700 billion and employed about 375,000 people worldwide.
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    /CONTACT:  Friedrich Losch of Daimler-Benz AG, 40-711-1793333, or Fax, 49-711-1794080; or Christiane Fischer of Daimler-Benz North America, 212-308-4534, or Fax, 212-826-0356/ CO:  Daimler-Benz ST: IN:  AUT SU: SH-CK -- NY022 -- 7785 03/12/92 12:42 EST
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