PECHS students take national Spanish exams

Published 5:05 am Thursday, May 5, 2016

World language students from Prince Edward County High School attained national recognition recently for participation in the 2016 National Spanish Examinations.

Students from PECHS earned eight certificates of participation along with one honorable mention. “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” national director of the exams Kevin Cessna-Buscemi said.

Students from PECHS participated in this examination for the first time. “This year students did not prepare for the quiz online, but rather answered questions based on their recollection of the material covered in class,” Spanish I teacher Yris Vaca-Burgo said. It is Vaca-Burgos’ wish that each year more and more students will accept the challenge of competitive national exams.

Students who get levels gold, silver and bronze are eligible to earn scholarships and a chance to study Spanish abroad or in prestigious Spanish summer schools throughout the nation. The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6-12 and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.