Students Recognized for 2021 National Spanish Examination Results

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Students Recognized for 2021 National Spanish Examination Results


The Gunston School is pleased to announce, and congratulate several Spanish students who attained national recognition for their excellent performance on the 2021 National Spanish Examinations. Students earned a total of 4 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze medals along with 9 honorable mentions.

 “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 with over 55,000 students participating in 2021.

Students from Gunston have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teachers, Avis Wheatley, and Juan Angarita.  

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.

National Spanish Award recipients 2021

Honorable mention
Level 1: Allie Fitzgerald ’24, Caitlin Myers ’24, Ava Runz ’24  
Level 2: Georgia Gillespie ’22, Alexandrea Norman ’22
Level 3: Henry Shifrin ’21, Danielle Simmons ’22
Level 5: Avy Aubin ’21, Campbell Parkhurst ’21 

Level 2: Julia McClary ’23
Level 3: Andrew Baughman ’22 
Level 5: Sofia Angarita ’22

Level 2: Lane Parkhurst ’23, Julia Reed ’23, Damian Rene ’23 
Level 3: Abigail Miller ’22
Level 5: Lydia Periconi ’21

Level 2: Nicholas Abell ’23 and Zacharia Mozher ’23
Level 3: Magdalena Miller ’22
Level 4: Ashley Escobar ’22

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