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Bureau Valley pupils take on Spanish

Published: Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

MANLIUS – Foreign language students from Bureau Valley High School have attained national recognition for excellent performance on the National Spanish Examinations. The test was administered April 3 and 4 at the high school.

In Spanish 1, three received the “Premio de Mención Honorífica.” Chase Gripp scored in the 61st percentile, Preston Balensiefen scored in the 64th, and Josie Lind earned the top score of Level 1 BVHS students in this category with a 71st.

In Spanish 2, three students also received the “Premio de Mención Honorífica.” They are Emily Wall with a 53rd percentile, Chelsea Higgins with a 54th, and in the top spot at BVHS, Harrison Brousseau with a 66th.

In Spanish 3, Haley DeVoss received the “Premio de Plata” by scoring in the 85th percentile and also will receive American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Northern Illinois Chapter Award for scoring the highest within her category at the school.

In Spanish 4, Kate DeBrock scored in the 42nd percentile and Sabrina Johnson in the 18th. They did not receive awards, but have done very well overall for 4 years according to Tina Eller, Spanish teacher.

“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, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the U.S. with 154,000 students participating in 2014.”

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