25 FJH students awarded for scores on National Spanish Exam

Friendswood Junior High had 25 world language students attain national recognition for excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.
Students from Friendswood Junior High School 8th grade level earned a total of three gold, nine silver and six bronze medals along with seven honorable mentions.

A total of 29 FJH students were tested.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, said. “The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2015.”

Students from Friendswood Junior High School have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teachers, Lydia Wharton, and Kimberly Hall.

The students who received gold medals include Priya Juarez and Sara Mabe in the Regular Category along with Emily Feaster in Outside Experience Category.

Silver medalists include Caroline Velek, Hannah Zeller, Justin Phelps, Leila Grubbs and Colin Madden in Regular Category, Alyssa Villarreal and Valerie Anderson in Outside Experience and Cristian Alvarez and Ruben Rubalcava in Bilingual Category.

Bronze medalists include Hannah Stone, Madeline Klump, Emily Epperson, Abby Reese in Regular Category and Daniel Gutierrez and Yosajandy Bouslog in Bilingual Category.

The students who were awarded Honorable Mention include Mike Hermes, Jacob Sansom, Maren Hamilton, and Jonathan Blecher in Regular Category, Ayden Smith and Sarah Reyes in the Outside Experience Category, and Juan Sanchez in the Bilingual Category.

Other participants included Lea Sharp in Outside Experience and Ian Wright, Alexander Mata, and Toan Van in the Bilingual Category.

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.