Byline: Record Number of St. Mark’s Spanish Students Honored for Their Achievement

Posted: May 3, 2012

“Congratulations to the 88% of Spanish students who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2012 National Spanish Examinations,” said St. Mark’s Modern Language Department Chair and Spanish teacher Esther Sanchez this past week. A record 121 St. Markers (out of 138 taking the exam) earned Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medals, or Honorable Mention on the tests.

19 St. Markers earned Gold Medals (scoring 95-100 on their exam). The 19 top-scoring students were: Aileen Aebischer ’15, Chloe Aubuchon ’13, Samantha Bauer ’14, Samantha Buttrick ’13, Erica Christensen ’15, Min Jae (Justin) Kim ’13, Daniel Kimmick ’14, Melissa Kok ’14, Neeraj Mahey ’15, Alexandra Mills ’14, Connor Mulvey ’15, Yeong Seo (Sera) Park ’13, Marisa Permatteo ’15, Gregory Sachs ’15, Laura Sánchez ’14, Varun Shankar ’14, Katerina von Campe ’13, Dianyu (Diana) Wang ’14, and Luya Wang ’14.

In addition, 29 St. Markers earned Silver (scores of 85-90), 25 earned Bronze (80-85), and 48 earned Honorable Mention status. “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 143,641 students participating in 2012.”

“In comparison with last year,” says Sra Sanchez, “St. Mark’s overall score went up 7 full points.” She also noted that all of Mr. Charles Sellers’ AP students got national recognition. Mr. Sellers will be assuming the position of Modern Language Department Chair for next year.

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.

Aileen Aebischer, a III Former from Wellesley, MA, achieved Gold (top 10% nationwide) honors in both Spanish and German; an impressive linguistic accomplishment.