Felicidades! HIES Students Score on National Spanish Exams
Level 2 Spanish students win 14 gold, six silver, and six bronze medals
Several Holy Innocents' freshman and sophomore world language students have captured national recognition for excellent performance on the 2012 National Spanish Examinations, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portugese.
HIES Level 2 Spanish students were awarded 14 gold, six silver, and six bronze medals—along with 11 honorable mentions. Fifty-eight students took the exams this year, said Spanish teacher Patrick Allegra. "Seventy percent of Holy Innocents' students scored in the top 50th percentile, and 19 students scored in the 90th," Allegra explained. "In fact, 14 students were in the top 150 students overall in the state. That's great!"
The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States, and attracted 143,641 student participants in 2012. "Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious," said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, national exam director.
The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year to students in grades 6 through 12.