2018 Spanish Awards

Lincoln Academy Students who earned awards on the 2018 National Spanish Exam and for Excellence in Spanish. Front row: Tommy Thelander, Akiko Montanaro, Maya Bailey, Nick Maioulis, Finn Dworkin, Carola Cacciatore, Meghan Rose, Adelaide Mullin, Rachel Schuster. Second row: Kaden Perce, Byron McKitrick, Tatum Hancock, Logan Eckel, Caitlin Cass, Ava Carmolli, Jewel Farrin, Natalie Burns Third row: Wendy Qin, Alexia Mathews, William Banks, Miles Bracy, Scott Petersen, Katherine Tolley, Emma Tolley, Andrew Nery. Fourth row: Wenxin Liang, Tahlia Mullen, Will Monti, Matt Wilson, Sam Russ, Anna Drake, Andrea Gutierrez, Quinn Straus. Back row: Victoria Mehelov, Camden Lebel, Kai Lin Shen (received a National Gold Medal for National Spanish Exam), Madeline York, Aspen Dyer, Mark Ma, Grace Canny, Aiden McCullen.

The Lincoln Academy World Languages Department is proud to announce the outstanding performance of our Lincoln Academy Spanish students on the 2018 National Spanish Exam. 150,000 students in the nation participated in the exam this year. Lincoln Academy had 11 students who were medal recipients by placing nationally, being in the 75th percentile or better. 39 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.

One student received Gold Medal, placing her in the top 5 percent in the nation. Four students received Silver Medals, placing them in the top 15th percent in the nation. 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, 28 students received Honorable Distinction.

Level I: Ava Carmolli placed in the 79th percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. Jewel Farrin placed in the 78th percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. Andrew Nery placed in the 77th percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. Emma Tolley placed in the 75th percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. Ten students received Honorable Distinction: Sarah Begin, Miles Bracy, Caitlin Cass, Camden Lebel, Ningchuan Mark Ma, Alexia Mathews, Kaleb Pendleton, Kaden Perce, Hilton Petersen.

Level II: Quinn Straus placed in the 92nd percentile nationally, a Silver Medal Winner. Carola Cacciatore placed in the 90th percentile nationally, a Silver Medal Winner. Wenxin Liang placed in the 88th percentile, a Silver Medal Winner. Adelaide Mullin placed in the 76th percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. Seven students received Honorable Distinction: Grace Canny, Anna Drake, Andrea Gutierrez, Victoria Melehov, William Monti, Zhen Wendy Qin, and Rachel Schuster.

Level III: Carole Ikaze placed in the 89th percentile nationally, a Silver Medal Winner. Six students received Honorable Distinction: Aspen Dyer, Lara Matuschka, Aidan McCullen, Samuel Russ, Katherine Tolley, and Madeline York

Level IV: Kai-Lin Shen placed in the 96th percentile nationally, a Gold Medal Winner. Tahlia Mullin placed in the 79th percentile nationally, a Bronze Medal Winner. Five students received Honorable Distinction: Maya Bailey, Logan Eckel, Nicholas Miaoulis, Tommy Thelander, and Matthew Wilson

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 seven 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 4 at Lincoln Academy.