And The Gold Medal Goes To…

Maria Cruz (Photo courtesy of Linden Public Schools)

LINDEN — In January, Linden High school participated in the National German Exam. Five students won medals for scoring in the 70th percentile or above.

The test, taken each year by students in German II-V, focuses on listening and reading comprehension, and also incorporates structure and vocabulary. It is scored by percentile rankings; the rank is calculated separately for each test level.


A score in the 90th percentile or above is awarded a gold medal, 80th percentile or above is awarded a silver medal and 70th percentile or above is awarded a bronze medal. Our students scored very well, we had five medal winners overall. The level IV medal winners were senior Emmanuel Lomba (bronze) and junior Nicholas Faria (silver). The level II winners were freshmen Nicole Tarnowski (bronze) and Allyson Dixon (silver). The only gold medal winner this year was junior Maria Cruz, on the level III exam.

Scoring at the 90th percentile made Cruz eligible to qualify for a three-week exchange to Germany, however, she is already planning to participate in the exchange program at Linden High School next year. Cruz ranked 37 out of 322 students who belong to the Central Jersey chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. Last year Cruz also tied for the highest score in level II with Damian Kwiatkowski.

Cruz plans to take IB German next year, which is the most challenging level offered at Linden High School. She hopes to major in German in college and study abroad in order to ultimately become a German teacher.

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