Students from Westfield High School earned a total of 7 gold, 19 silver, and 13 bronze medals along with 32 honorable mentions on the 2013 National Spanish Examinations.  “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 156,000 students participating in 2013.

Students from Westfield High School have a long history of achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teachers, Rose Calimano, Maria Garcia, Donna Higgins, Jill Mezzacappa, Liliana Pabon-Correa, Cecilia Pite, Brook Stites, and Bonnie Underwood.

Students from Westfield High School also attained placement in New Jersey.  Westfield High School students received the following recognition (The higher the level, the more advanced understanding of the language, and generally the highest is studied by seniors):  Level Five: Honorable Mention – Alexandria Kapadia, Kristin Troutman, and Michael Aronson; Level Four: Honorable Mention – Abigail Cook, Sophia Shiffman, and Elisabeth Neylan; Level Three: 2nd Place- Jameson Maher; and Honorable Mention – Caroline Stocking; Level Two: 1st Place –  Anthony Pericolo; 2nd Place –  Santiago Correa; and Honorable Mention – Ana Islas.

“Once again, we are extremely proud of the dedication that our students have to the Spanish language and to their overall linguistic and cultural growth,” stated David Greer, District Supervisor of World Languages, K-12.  “These wonderful results on the NSE are a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers, in addition to the support of our language program from the Westfield community,” added Greer.