Newaygo High School Participates in National Spanish Examinations
Spanish students from Newaygo High School participated in the 2017 National Spanish Examinations this spring. Sophomore Jacqueline Torres earned a bronze medal in the Spanish 3 level (with outside experience). Students must score between the 75th and 84th percentile to receive a Premio de Bronce (Bronze Award). Sophomore Elizabeth Huerta received Honorable Mention for Spanish 3 (bilingual) and Freshman Kyla Rounds received Honorable Mention for Spanish 2 (classroom experience). Mención Honorífica (Honorable Mention) includes scores from the 50th percentile through the 74th percentile. Other students received Certificates of Participation for their efforts on the exams. The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
“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 157,000 students participating in 2017.” Students from Newaygo were taught by Spanish teachers Gena Dietz, Alexis Mercer, and Susan Gross.