Union Catholic Spanish Students Awarded For Excellence

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SCOTCH PLAINS–Several world language students from Union Catholic High School recently attained national recognition for their performance on the 2012 National Spanish Examinations.

Students from Union Catholic earned a total of two gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals along with 23 honorable mentions.

“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 143,641 students participating in 2012.”

Students from Union Catholic have a long history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teachers, Catarina Abrantes, Christina LoCicero, and Patricia Nuwer.

The following students placed in the National Spanish Exam:
Level 1—Regular Category
Silver Award

  • Oscar Cortizo of Elizabth
  • Dana Couto of Union
  • Samantha Curiel of Roselle

Bronze Award

  • Kyle Borowski of Fanwood
  • Adrien Cortizo of Elizabeth
  • Nicole Fazendeiro of Union
  • Honorable Mention Award
  • Meagan Beriont of Garwood
  • Jennifer Puschak of Union
  • Katherine Sheldon of Clark
  • Lexie Sinscera of Linden
  • Taylor Smith of Roselle

Level 1—Bilingual Category
Bronze Award

  • Richard Ryngel of Union
  • Honorable Mention Award
  • Ruby Gonzales of Carteret

Level 2—Regular Category
Silver Award

  • Elise Morano of Westfield

Bronze Award

  • Parnika Celly of Colonia
  • Joseph Perona of Colonia
  • Dennis Reilly of Colonia

Honorable Mention Award

  • Douglas Cassidy of Scotch Plains
  • Thomas Hartnett of Clark
  • Krystyna Maciejak of Linden
  • Gabrielle Pais of Union
  • Hetal Patel of Union
  • Daniel Sheldon of Clark
  • Jamie Siburn of Westfield
  • Madison Simon of Gillette

Level 2—Outside Experience Award
Gold Award

  • Jacqueline Behrend of Clark

Silver Award

  • Fernando Alvarez of Union
  • Cristina Bonner of Clark

Honorable Mention Award

  • Maria Agostinho of Edison
  • Michael De Andrade of Linden

Level 2—Bilingual Category
Honorable Mention Award

  • Veronica Millan of Hoboken

Level 3—Regular Category
Silver Award

  • Taylor Diken of Fanwood
  • Honorable Mention Award
  • Katherine Brown of Edison
  • Courtney McGovern of Westfield

Level 3—Outside Experience Award
Gold Award

  • Rosa Cuppari of Kenilworth

Bronze Award

  • Yahiza Jaramillo of Rahway
  • Yarelis Lafuente of Union

Level 4—Regular Category
Silver Award

  • Gabrielle Aquino of Rahway

Honorable Mention Award

  • Adrianna DeGazon of South Orange
  • Kathleen Sullivan of Cranford

Level 4—Outside Experience Category
Honorable Mention Award

  • Demie Teixeira of Union

Level 4—Bilingual Category
Silver Award

  • Fernando Muleiro Alvarez of Union

Honorable Mention Award

  • Alison Pazos of Elizabeth

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