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Lemont High School students earn awards through National Spanish Examinations


Lemont High School freshman Katie Atherton received the "Premio de Plata" distinction after finishing in the 88th percentile on the 2012 National Spanish Examination for Spanish I.

More than 30 Lemont High School students have been recognized for their performances on the 2012 National Spanish Examinations, which were administered earlier this spring. Eight students scored in the 75th percentile or better on their respective exams, earning “medalist” status. Freshman Katie Atherton was Lemont’s best performer, as she earned a “Premio de Plata” (Silver Award) after finishing in the 88th percentile on the Spanish I exam.

Students who score at or above the 95th percentile are awarded the “Premio de Oro” (Gold Award), and students who score between the 85th-94th percentiles on their exams earn the “Premio de Plata.”

Seven Lemont students scored between the 75th-84th percentiles on their respective exams to earn a “Premio de Bronce” (Bronze Award). Juniors Kelly Collins, Lynn Stanwyck, Carly Tucker and Victoria Zajec all won awards in Spanish III, while sophomores Anne Marie Alwan and Brett Twohill earned honors in Spanish II and freshman Staci Dabrowski was cited in Spanish I.

Several of this year’s honorees were award winners last year, the first time the school participated in the exams. Zajec was the school’s first-ever “Premio de Oro” winner, earning the honor in Spanish II in 2011. Collins, Stanwyck and Tucker all were “Premio de Bronce” honorees in Spanish II a year ago, while Alwan earned that same honor in Spanish I.

Students who score between the 50th-74th percentile on their respective exams are awarded “Mención Honorífica” (Honorable Mention) status. A total of 25 students earned this level of recognition, including: juniors Kevin Fischer, Helena Fugiel and Natalia Jezyk in Spanish III; sophomores Emily Durham, Ben Groselak, Kristyn Krueger, Morgan Micetich, Andrew Miller, Katherine O’Connor, Robert Rigler, Adam Strube, Gianna Turek and David Tuscher, and freshman Luselena Perez in Spanish II; and sophomore Phillip Zukowski and freshmen Simon Batistich, Conner Brandt, Nathaniel Burner, Annamae Dziallo, Beth Jezyk, Christine Moody, Emma O’Leary, Bansi Padalia, Will Totura and Andrew Trick in Spanish I.

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. The National Spanish Examinations are the most widely used tests of Spanish in the United States, with more than 143,000 students participating this year.

The purpose of the National Spanish Examinations is to recognize achievement in the study of the Spanish language; promote proficiency in interpretive communication in the Spanish language; assess national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish; and stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish.

National Spanish Examinations Web Site

Lemont High School’s Spanish teachers include Janis Casolari, Anne Marie Duggan, Christie Klingsporn, Stefanie Miller and Ann Rodriguez-Baltrum.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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