Lincoln Academy Students who earned awards on the 2017 National Spanish Exam.

The Lincoln Academy World Languages Department is proud to announce the outstanding performance of our Lincoln Academy Spanish students on the 2017 National Spanish Exam. 157,000 students in the nation participated in the exam this year, while about 1,000 students in Maine took the exam. Lincoln Academy had 15 students who were medal recipients by placing nationally, being in the 75th percentile or better. 45 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.

Most notably, 1 student, Felix Fischer, received a Gold Medal, placing him in the top 5 percent in the nation and 2nd in the state at level one. 8 students received Silver Medals, placing them in the top 15th percent in the nation, and in the top 10 students in Maine. 6 students received Bronze medals. 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 our medal winners, 33 students received Honorable Distinction nationally. Congratulations to all of our students! You have made the Lincoln Academy family very proud.

Level I: Felix Fischer placed in the 98th percentile nationally, 2nd in Maine, a Gold Medal Winner, Carole Ikaze, Adelaide Mullin and Quinn Strauss all placed in the 89th, 86th, and 85th percentile nationally (respectively), Silver Medal Winners. Nadia Smith placed in the 81st percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. 14 students received Honorable Distinction: Natalie Burns, Grace Canny, Galen Daly-O’Donnell, Anna Drake, Thalia Eddyblouin, Braxton Farrin, Andrea Gutierrez, Emily Kelsey, Josiah Martin, Zhen Qin, Rachael Schuster, Brooke Seiders, Sophie Erickson, and Sandra Thelander.

Level II: Katherine Tolley and Madeline York both placed in the 93rd percentile nationally, 3rd in Maine, and Aspen Dyer and William Cullina all are Silver Medal recipients. Samuel Russ placed in the 82nd percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. 6 students received Honorable Distinction: Christopher Burrow, Sullivan Fink, Linh Nguyen, Sequoia Patton, Alison York and Bryce York.

Level III: Logan Eckel and Thomas Thelander placed in the 82nd and 79th percentile nationally, Bronze Medal Winners. 8 students received Honorable Distinction:  Maya Bailey, David Barnum, Finn Dworkin, Mackenzie Ford, Taylor Holmes, Nicholas Miaoulis, Tahlia Mullin, and Matthew Wilson.

Level IV: Abigail Berryman placed in the 87th percentile nationally, 3rd in the state, a Silver Medal Winner. Jacob Brown and Kevin Fitzpatrick both placed in the 87th percentile, Bronze Medal recipients. 4 students received Honorable Distinction:  Samantha Aho, Peter Cooke, Annie Farnsworth, and Samuel Ransley.

Level V: Catherine Organ 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 12 at Lincoln Academy.