(North Bergen, NJ—April 28, 2016) – Thirty-six High Tech students of Spanish, levels I and II, scored exemplarily well in the 2016 National Spanish Exam (NSE), sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.
The NSE assesses students’ proficiency in the Spanish language as they compete on a national level with their peers in grades 6 through 12.
“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” claims Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because these exams are the largest of their kind in the United States, with over 160,000 students participating in 2016.”
The following students performed highly the exams:
West New York resident Marvin Martinez earned the Oro (Gold Medal).
Keysie Argueta and Marla Paneque of North Bergen, Secaucus resident Marissa Conde, and Hillary Ordonez of Jersey City received the Plata (Silver Medal).
Bronce (Bronze) Medalists included North Bergen residents Valeria Mesa, Alyssa Mojica, and Maria Paneque, Bayonne resident Jeremy Lewan, Cole Quist of Hoboken, Jersey City resident Hillary Ordonez, Gabriella Espinal of Kearny, Secaucus residents Alyssa Conde and Mahek Virani, and Jillian Melendez of West New York.
Mencíon de Honor (Honorable Mention) candidates include Bayonne residents Rawda Elsayed, Ghenwa Hassan, and Julia Orlowski, Guttenberg residents Bruno Risotto, Estefania Ruano, and Anushka Teckwani, Jersey City residents Joan Marie Tubungbanua and James Williams, Kearny residents Jennifer Curi and Zahra Fallah, North Bergen residents Christi Arango, Sarah DeCaro, Gabriel Garcia, Alex Miranda, Dalton Morley, Tanushri Shah, Yael Shriki, Jeffrey Zarzuela, and Sebastian Vasquez, Secaucus residents Shelina Chotrani, Aimee Gamboa, and Smriti Sukesh Kumar, and Union City resident Anaia Rodriguez.