LA Students who won recognition in the National Spanish Exam.

LA Students who earned recognition in the National Spanish Exam.

The World Languages Department is proud to announce the outstanding performance of Lincoln Academy Spanish students on the 2015 National Spanish Exam. 157,000 students in the nation participated in the exam this year, while over

1, 200 students in Maine took the exam. Lincoln Academy had 9 students who placed nationally, being in the 75th percentile or better. 44 students in total attained national recognition for their excellent performance on the exam. “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”.  Students are recognized nationally.  Students with outstanding scores on the National Spanish Examinations are recognized as follows:

  • Gold Medalists:  students scoring at or above the 95th percentile.
  • Silver Medalists:  students scoring from the 85th through the 94th percentiles.
  • Bronze Medalists:  students scoring from the 75th through the 84th percentiles.
  • Honorable Distinction: students scoring from the 50th through the 74th percentiles.

5 students received Silver Medals, placing in the top 15th percent in the nation, including Abbie Healey, the number 4 student in the state at level V, Hugh McGinness who placed 7th and Gabrielle Kimball who placed 8th in the state (and who also placed in the National French exam), both at level III. Students from Lincoln Academy have a long history of high achievement on these exams, placing in the top ten at each level within the state and in the nation for more than the last 20 years. Apart from placing in the state, 35 students received Honorable Mentions, placing them at or above the 50th percentile through the 74th percentile nationally. Congratulations to all of our students! You have made the Lincoln Academy family very proud.

Level I     

Samantha Aho placed in the 89th percentile nationally, Silver Medal Winner. Karan Nair and Annalisa Paulsen placed in the 86th percentile nationally, Silver Medal Winners. 2 students received Bronze Medals:  Thomas Thelander and Logan Eckel. 12 students received Honorable Distinction:  Maya Bailey, Nobonita Choudhury, Ngoc Dam, Mackenzie Ford, Caroline Fowler, Taylor Holmes, Ivy Kimball, Sam Laemmle, Tahlia Mullen, Helen Newell, Kristyna Skyvova, and Matthew Wilson.

Level II   

10 students received Honorable Distinction:  Abigail Berryman, Jacob Brown, Peter Cooke, Alexander Enders, Annie Farnsworth, Cheyenne Gogolinski, John Henry, Channing Nelson, Kaden Pendleton and Constance Mullin

Level III

Hugh McGinness placed in the 86th percentile nationally, a Silver Medal Winner. Gabrielle Kimball placed in the 87th percentile nationally, a Silver Medal Winner. Aidan Shadis placed in the 82nd percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. 8 students received Honorable Distinction:  Karolina Duchkova, Emily Guy, Dana Hatch, Lauren Hunt, Shiann Keene, Alyssa Smith, Alyx York and Olivia York.

Level IV

5 students received Honorable Distinction:  Haley Cameron, Ashley Giles, Katherine Laemmle, Johanna Neeson and Leslie Sandefur.

Level V   

Abbie Healey placed in the 87th percentile nationally, a Silver Medal Winner

The National Spanish Exam is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The exam is administered nationally every year in grades 6 through 12, and students are recognized both nationally and at the state level. The purpose of the exam is to recognize achievement in the study of the Spanish language, to promote proficiency in interpretive communication in the Spanish language, to assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish, and to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish. The exam tests the student’s listening and reading ability, as well as knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. There are 7 levels for the exam and three categories depending on the experience the student has had with the Spanish language. It is on the National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for the Association of Secondary School Principals. The aforementioned students will be receiving their awards at a Final Assembly on May 22 at Lincoln Academy.