PATERSON, NJ – Hard work and preparation padi off for Natalia Almonte, a junior from Eastside High School (EHS)’s School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism (CAHTS) who earned a perfect score on this year’s administration of the National Spanish Exam.

According to a statement by Paterson Public Schools the annual exam is taken by students studying Spanish as a second language across the country and measures students’ performance in interpretive communication and proficiency of the Spanish language.

“We are thrilled and excited by Natalia’s performance on the National Spanish Exam,” said Schools Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer. “Most of us enter into a challenging examination with the hope of doing well, and we keep our expectations for a perfect performance at bay. Natalia has shown all of us that sometimes when you strive for perfection, you can achieve it. I want to thank all of the teachers and administrators who have been working to bring out the best in Natalia’s abilities, and I especially want to thank Natalia’s parents for supporting her efforts to become proficient in Spanish.”

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“We could not be more proud of Natalia for getting a perfect score on the National Spanish Exam,” said CAHTS Principal Edgard Nieves. “Natalia took exceptional care in preparing for the exam, and her perfect score is a clear example of how hard work can pay off in a tremendous gratifying result.”

The National Spanish Examinations are a motivational contest to recognize student achievement in the study of Spanish and to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish. The National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools for Grades 6 -12, given voluntarily by about 4000 teachers throughout the United States to measure performance (interpretive communication) and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.

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