FHS Junior awarded scholarship to study abroad in Spain

Sara Mabe, Junior at Friendswood High School is one of 24 students who has been awarded the National Spanish Exam Junior Scholarship to Study Abroad this summer in Spain. Mabe is the first student from FHS to receive this scholarship.

“Mabe is one of those students who seems to absorb the language as if through osmosis,” said Lola Hervada, AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher. “Sara’s passion for Spanish extends far beyond the walls of Friendswood High School.”

Mabe has expressed a desire to pursue a college degree in Spanish and eventually become a Spanish teacher.  She is currently enrolled in her second year of French and plans to add German to her repertoire next year.

Mabe is currently taking all Advanced Placement classes this year and is at the top of her class. She is a member of both the National Honor Society and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. She enjoys volunteering at her church where she is on the Mary Queen Youth Council, serves as an Eucharistic minister and an altar server while working towards her catechist certification. She has served as the president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Friendswood High School for the past two years and is a member of the Cross Country team.

In a recommendation letter, Hervada describes Sara as a “conscientious and dedicated student who is passionate about everything Spanish. Her tender heart and sweet spirit make her a delight to teach and I feel very blessed to have known and taught such an amazing student.”

Each year the Junior Travel Study Abroad Scholarship provides eligible students the opportunity to travel to and study the language and the culture of a Spanish-speaking country. Students will have 90-minute classes followed by a cultural excursion in the afternoon which reinforces the lesson. (EX. Study of Roman influence in Iberia and travel to Segovia to see the 2,000-year-old aqueduct.) The award includes round-trip transportation from New York to Spain, up to a $300 stipend to travel from the student’s home airport to New York, transportation, and guided excursions while in Spain, tuition for classes, lodging in a residence hall of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and all meals.