National Spanish Exam Earners

June 9, 2021 - 10:59 am

A group of Spanish students from St. Paul Catholic High School attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2021 National Spanish Examinations.

The 40 students earned a total of three silver and six bronze medals, along with 31 honorable mentions.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States, with over 146,000 students participating in 2019,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, national director of the exams.

National awards are determined by the total percentile as follows:

Gold/Oro – Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile are awarded a Premio de Oro.

Silver/Plata – Students scoring from the 85th through the 94th percentiles receive a Premio de Plata.

Bronze/Bronce – Students scoring from the 75th through the 84th percentiles receive a Premio de Bronce.

Honor – Students scoring at or above the 50th percentile (national average) through the 74th percentile are awarded a Mención Honorífica.

St. Paul students were taught by Spanish teachers, Yaira Lebrón-Rojas and Noemi Jalbert, World Language department chair. The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades six through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Spanish Level 1

Angela Ragaini            – Silver
Daniella Gerst              – Silver
Lucas Courtemanche  – Honor
Rebecca Kelly              – Honor
Anna Kronen                -Honor
Molly Newman            -Honor
Mallory Sefcik              -Honor


Spanish Level 3

Dylan Bird                    -Honor
Andrew Cherrone      -Honor
Crichton Granados    -Honor
Samantha Millerick   -Honor
Bella Peterson           -Honor
Angela Pierce            -Honor
Robert Roach            -Honor
Madison Tornberg   -Honor
Kirsten Ward            -Honor
Abigail Wroblewski –Honor


Spanish Level 2

Allison Barton – Silver
Edward Adorno – Bronce
Lauren Bush – Bronce
Gabriela Quirk – Bronce
Maisyn Rader – Bronce
Julia Clough – Honor
Megan Crean – Honor
Nicholas Dube – Honor
Anna Guzda – Honor
Miles Jennings – Honor
Jocelyn Kennedy – Honor
Maya Kieltyka – Honor
Nicholas Lowell – Honor
Mia Mastrogiovanni – Honor
Sarah Roberts – Honor
Nicholaus Schuler – Honor
Rocco Simmone – Honor
Ainsley Toland – Honor
Emily Walker – Honor
Brianna Wood – Honor
Samantha Sein – Honor
Gustavo de los Santos – Honor


Spanish Level 4 Honors

Gabriel Duncan – Honor
Gillian Smith – Bronce
Kerrisa Salsbury – Honor
Carina Fiscella – Bronce


Spanish Level 5 AP

Leslie Gutierrez – Honor
Adriana Varela-Marin – Honor