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2018 National Spanish Exam

Filed in Archive, BCHS, Student Spotlight by on May 29, 2018

A group of young individuals smiling

More than 60 Bethlehem Central High School students obtained high scores in the National Spanish Exam given early in the spring. The optional test was taken by students in Spanish 3 and Intermediate Spanish (a course taught through the University at Albany in the High School program where students can earn UAlbany credits) who are in their sophomore and junior years.

According to teacher Evelyn Ledezma, students from the United States, and sometimes abroad, take the National Spanish Exam every year.  The test measures language performance and achievement in Spanish as a second (or foreign) language. 

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 150,000 students participating in 2018.”

The students were treated to a small reception after school where they had cake and received certificates for their achievement, and in several cases students earned Gold Medal Placement (95th percentile or higher), Silver Medal Placement (85th – 94th percentile) and Bronze Medal Placement (75th – 84th percentile) on the exam.

This year, three BC seniors were given special recognition for receiving high honors on the exam three years in a row! Way to go!

Congratulations to all our student participants!

To find out more about the National Spanish Exams, visit

The following Bethlehem students received either medals or honorable mention honors for their outstanding performance on the 2018 National Spanish Exam:

Level  3

  • Malvina Bathia-guerin – honorable mention (Outside Experience)
  • Emily Begley – honorable mention
  • Maia Coleman – honorable mention
  • William Convertino – honorable mention
  • Maeve Donnelly – honorable mention
  • Lleyton Emery – silver medal
  • Alyssa Gould – bronze medal
  • Devin Hyams – honorable mention
  • Catherine Jantson – honorable mention
  • Ishaan Jerabek – honorable mention
  • Beatrice Jones – honorable mention
  • Miles Kee – honorable mention
  • Katie Kirby – honorable mention
  • Jacob Koplik – bronze medal
  • Daniel Ledezma – honorable mention (Bilingual)
  • Jessica Lefton – honorable mention
  • Morgan Leonard – bronze medal
  • Michael Melas – honorable mention
  • Grace McGrath – honorable mention
  • Morgan Mulligan – bronze medal
  • Avi Patel – gold medal
  • Lauren Plunkett – honorable mention
  • Emma Radzyminski – silver medal
  • Christopher Ramundo – honorable mention
  • Maggie Reynolds – honorable mention
  • Avery Roach – honorable mention
  • Gillian Roeder – gold medal
  • Andres Sevilla – silver medal (Outside Experience)
  • Lia Soares – honorable mention
  • Celiann Soto – silver medal (Bilingual)
  • Sohalia Tiu – honorable mention (Outside Experience) 
  • William Vagianelis – bronze medal
  • Juneau Wang – gold medal
  • Jack Watson – honorable mention
  • Jason Wu – bronze medal

Level 4

  • Sanaa Amir – bronze medal
  • Brodie Cairns – honorable mention
  • Ryan Cartwright – honorable mention
  • Connor Chung – silver medal
  • Nhi Dang – honorable mention
  • Olivia Ford – honorable mention
  • Derin Gumustop – honorable mention
  • Liam Karl – bronze medal
  • Callie Kniffin – honorable mention
  • Samantha Keller – honorable mention
  • Ana Luna – gold medal (Bilingual)
  • Andrew Luntz – honorable mention
  • Fiona McSharry – silver medal
  • Emma Paulsen –  bronze medal
  • Matthew Phang – silver medal
  • Kaitlin Rabenstein – gold medal
  • Katarina Rees – bronze medal
  • Ethan Royka – bronze medal
  • Fiona Ryan – honorable mention
  • Emily Schoenblum – honorable mention
  • Grace Seager – honorable mention
  • Margaret Sui – bronze medal
  • Laura Van Voris – honorable mention
  • Alyssa Wang – silver medal
  • Adam Wilson – gold medal

Level 5

  • Nora Abbott  – honorable mention*
  • Conor Brandon – silver*
  • Isabel Ledezma – bronze (Bilingual)*

*In addition to receiving either medals or honorable mention, these students were given special recognition for receiving high honors on the exam three years in a row.