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Overbrook School students medal on the National Spanish Exam
Posted 05/02/2017 10:18AM

Thirty-three Overbrook School seventh and eighth-grade students studying Spanish took  the  2017 National Spanish Examinations and 27 qualified for national recognition for excellent performance. 

Of the students who took the exam during their Spanish class at Overbrook, a total of five earned gold medal recognition, 10 earned silver, six earned bronze medals and six earned honorable mention. 

“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 160,000 students participating in 2017.” 

In addition, for the first time in recent memory, nine students (eight seventh-graders and one eighth-grader) scored a perfect score -- 100% -- on the listening/reading section of the National Spanish Exam. 

The medal winners are:

  • Gold (earning a 95% and above on the exam):  Dottie Eastwood, Emi Gilmer, Lila Gilmer, Ellie Rodgers and Vivian Thienel. 
  • Silver (94% - 85%):  Helen Alexander, Will Ducas, Lauren Hancock, Evelyn Hare, Conor Kennard, Grant Krueger, Audrey Mitchell, Luciana Nunez, Ava Thienel and Cecilia Yezbak.
  • Bronze (84% - 75%):  Sam Arender, Mariah Clark, Anna Huber, Katie Kaiser, Matthew Maroney and Flanigen Phillips.
  • Honor (74% - 50%):  Madi Gibson, Hannah Gilmer, Eloise McSurdy, Cindy Nguyen, Charlie Perri and Anika Salem.

Students from Overbrook School have a long history of high achievement on these exams and are taught by Junior High Spanish teacher Heather Kemp. 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. 

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