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2019 National Spanish Exam

Filed in BCHS, Student Spotlight by on June 25, 2019

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Close to 70 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, Intermediate Spanish (a course taught through the University at Albany in the High School program where students can earn UAlbany credits) and AP Spanish. 

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, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 146,000 students participating in 2019.”

The students were treated to a small reception after school where they 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.

Congratulations to all our student participants!

To find out more about the National Spanish Exams, visit https://www.nationalspanishexam.org/

The following Bethlehem students received either medals or honorable mention honors for their outstanding performance on the 2019 National Spanish Exam:

Level 3

  • Brynn Lahey – gold
  • Caitlin Chung – gold
  • Nolan Powers – silver
  • Lucy Betts – silver
  • Cristina Grigas – silver
  • Jonah Eng – silver
  • Benjamin Golderg – silver
  • Xiangwan Sun – bronze
  • Grace Apuzzi – bronze
  • Ryan Teplitzky – bronze
  • Natalie Qualia – honor
  • Shaina Olbrys – honor
  • Amanda Koch – honor
  • Liam Gregory – honor
  • Isabella Atteck – honor
  • Emily Clarizio – honor
  • Sahara Veltman – honor
  • Lauren Quinn – honor
  • John Trosset – honor
  • Schuyler Ritchie – honor
  • Avery Daggett – honor
  • Steven Sitzer – honor
  • Ella Kasper – honor

Level 4

  • Juneau Wang – gold
  • Gillian Roeder – gold
  • Talia Sanders – gold
  • Andres Sevilla – gold
  • Avi Patel – silver
  • Aidan McNay – silver
  • Avery Roach – silver
  • Margaret Reynolds – silver
  • Lleyton Emery – silver
  • Morgan Bowerman – silver
  • Michaela Valerian – bronze
  • Celiann Soto-Dávila – bronze 
  • Alexi Hull – honor
  • Malvia Bathia-Guerin – honor
  • Daniel Ledezma – honor
  • Morgan Leonard – honor
  • Morgan Mulligan – honor
  • Nicholas Zigrosser – honor

Level 5

  • Fiona McSharry – gold
  • Adam Wilson – gold
  • Katarina Rees – silver
  • Matthew Phang – bronze
  • Kaitlin Rabenstein – bronze
  • Ethan Royka – honor
  • Nhi Dang – honor
  • Emma Paulsen – honor
  • Maggie Sui – honor