St. Paul Catholic scores big on national Spanish exam

Published on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 21:06


BRISTOL - World Language students from St. Paul Catholic High School earned some three dozen awards for their performance on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations.

The students earned a total of two gold, two silver, and four bronze medals, along with 28 honorable mentions.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious, because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2017,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, national director of the exams.

National awards are determined by the total percentile as follows:

Gold/Ore: Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile are awarded a Premio de Oro.

Silver/Plata: Students scoring from the 85th through the 94th percentiles receive a Premio de Plata.

Bronze/Bronce: Students scoring from the 75th through the 84th percentiles receive a Premio de Bronce.

Honorable Mention: Students scoring at or above the 50th percentile (national average) through the 74th percentile are awarded a Mención Honorífica.

The St. Paul students were taught by Spanish teachers Yaira Lebrón-Rojas and Noemi Jalbert, who is the World Language Department chair. The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades six through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

St. Paul Catholic High School, established in 1966, is a coeducational secondary school of the Archdiocese of Hartford, serving 450 students from over 35 communities in central Connecticut, China, and South Korea.

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The winners are:

Gold Medal

Andrew Cawley, Natasha Kempes.

Silver Medal

Jillian Kiazim, Kaitlyn Koser.

Bronze Medal

Owen Guglielmino, Brooke Kirchner, Jade Udoh, Louis Perugini.

Honorable Mention

Matthew Biscoglio, Stephanie Coan, Madelyn Corey, Megan Fortier, Mckenzie Gauthier, Janessa Gonzalez, Molly McCallister, Natalie Millerick, Hyelim Min, Rebecca Nerborne, Thomas Pauloz, Jeremy Rinaldi, Stephan Zwolinski, Ben Czuprinski.

Kaitlyn Bielecki, Hannah Couillard, Joseph Crowley, Miranda Grustas, Katherine Mazzarelli, Ethan Sanzone, Noah Waterts, Nayeli Torres, Victoria DiPinto, Jordan Rinaldi, Scott Winters, Katie Pauloz, Dennis Cawley, Ximena Varela-Marin.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, General News, New Britain on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 21:06. Updated: Tuesday, 16 May 2017 21:08.