Several world language students from Farwell High School attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2014 National Spanish Examinations.
More than half of the students who took the exam this year scored above average in one or more of the categories of the exam, which tests language proficiency and achievement.
One student, Lauren Eigner, earned an honorable mention for solid performance in nearly every subcategory. “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 154,000 students participating in 2014.” Two other students scored in the top third of the country in reading proficiency for their testing level. Abby Averill, a sophomore, scored at the 70th percentile for 3rd year students and Hannah-Mae Boyd, a senior, scored at the 92nd percentile compared to other first year students.
Students from Farwell High School have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teacher Sean Hill. Ms. Boyd’s achievement is the third highest in the school’s history for a category of the test, just behind Ivy Whitmore and Larson Barden’s 93rd percentile achievements in reading and listening proficiency, respectively.
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.