National Spanish Exam.

Lincoln Academy students recognized for their scores on the National Spanish Exam.

The Lincoln Academy World Languages Department is proud to announce the outstanding performance of our Lincoln Academy Spanish students on the 2016 National Spanish Exam. 160,000 students in the nation participated in the exam this year, while over 1, 200 students in Maine took the exam. Lincoln Academy had 13 students who were medal recipients by placing nationally, being in the 75th percentile or better. 48 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.

3 students received Gold Medals, placing them in the top 5 percent in the nation and in the top 3 in the state at their level: Katherine Tolley, who placed third in the state at level one, Logan Eckel, also third in Maine at level two, and Emma Chierico, the number 2 student in the state of Maine. 3 students received Silver Medals, placing them in the top 15th percent in the nation, and in the top 13 students in Maine. 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 Distinction. Congratulations to all of our students! You have made the Lincoln Academy family very proud.

Level I: Katherine Tolley placed in the 96th percentile nationally, 3rd in Maine, a Gold Medal Winner. Samuel Russ placed in the 85th percentile nationally, 13th in the state, a Silver Medal Winner. Aspen Dyer and Bryce York both placed in the 78th percentile nationally, Bronze Medal Winners. 11 students received Honorable Distinction:  Chris Burrow, Thomas Coombs, William Cullina, Emily Harris, Ha Linh Nguyen, Kate Peters, Charles Sleeman, Noah Steeves, Alison York ,and Madeline York

Level II: Logan Eckel placed in the 96th percentile nationally, 3rd in Maine, a Gold Medal Winner. Thomas Thelander placed in the 93rd percentile nationally, 6th in the state, a Silver Medal Winner. Samantha Aho placed in the 92nd percentile nationally, 7th in the state, a Silver Medal Winner. Karan Nair placed in the 81st percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. Caroline Fowler and Helen Newell both placed in the 76th percentile nationally, Bronze Medal Winners. 10 students received Honorable Distinction: Maya Bailey, David Barnum, Finn Dworkin, Mackenzie Ford, Taylor Holmes, Tahlia Mullen, Simay Tanrovier, Abigail Thompson, Matthew Wilson, and Jon Pinkham.

Level III: Jupiter Solorzano placed in the 75th percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. 8 students received Honorable Distinction:  Abigail Berryman, Peter Cooke, Alex Enders, Annie Farnsworth, Kevin Fitzpatrick, John Henry, Constance Mullin, and Channing Nelson.

Level IV: Emma Chierico placed in the 96th percentile nationally, 2nd in the State, a Gold Medal Winner. Gabrielle Kimball placed in the 77th percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. 5 students received Honorable Distinction:  Elizabeth Gilbert, Dana Hatch, Shiann Keene, Catherine Organ, and Alyx York

Level V: Johanna Neeson received Honorable Distinction

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 students received their awards at a Final Assembly on May 20 at Lincoln Academy.