Union Catholic Spanish Students Awarded For Excellence

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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