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BC junior wins national travel award

Filed in BCHS, Student Spotlight by on April 17, 2019

A boy smilesBethlehem Central High School student Lleyton Emery has won the 2019 Junior Study Abroad Scholarship for his achievement on the 2018 National Spanish Examination and for his excellent skills in the Spanish language.  

This national award, valued at over $3,500, is given each year to 24 students from across the country who become eligible by earning high scores on the annual National Spanish Examination and then submitting samples of their written and oral work in Spanish to a selection committee.  

In Emery’s essay, he wrote about why this trip would impact him and how he would use the experience to influence his life moving forward.

In late June, Emery will be traveling to Spain with the other 23 winners to study Spanish language and culture at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  The students will participate in a two-week immersion program where they will study university-level material during 90-minutes classes, as well as go on excursions to to experience the culture firsthand.

“I’m really excited for the chance to explore a new place,” said Emery. “To be able to get a better understanding of the people living there, including their culture, history and background…that’s pretty awesome.”

According to Evelyn Ledezma, one of Emery’s Spanish teachers, the scholarship is a wonderful achievement and speaks volumes about Emery’s work ethic.

It’s truly remarkable and it’ll be the experience of a lifetime for him,” said Ledezma. “He should be very proud of his accomplishment.”

Students at Bethlehem Central High School have participated in the National Spanish Examination for the last few years, and this year is no exception. Emery, along with close to 70 other BC students, took the 2019 National Spanish Exam on Wednesday, April 3. Scores from the optional test will be received sometime in May. 

In addition to his success in the world languages, Emery plays on the Varsity Soccer team, the Varsity Tennis team, and participates on BC’s Science Olympiad team. 

Congratulations, Lleyton! He is making BC proud.