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Byram Hills Shines on National Spanish Exam

ARMONK, N.Y. – English may be their first language, but Spanish may not be far behind for the students at Byram Hills High School as nearly all students who participated this spring in the National Spanish Examination received medals in the test’s scoring.

“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.

Out of the 50 students at Byram Hills who participated in the exam, 41 received honors.  All students in the Byram Hills Spanish 4 program participated in the annual assessment exam. The exam is the largest standardized Spanish exam in the nation with more than 143,000 students participating.

Byram Hills Chairperson Melissa Stahl said that the district uses the exam score in order to determine future curriculum decisions.

“It’s a quality assessment test,” Stahl said.  “We’re really proud of these students, plus it’s nice to see how they’re doing on a national scale.

The following students received a gold medal on the exam, placing in the 95th percentile: Rebecca Barnett, Zachary Blum and Connor O’Day.

The following students received either a silver or bronze medal on the exam, placing at least in the 85th percentile and the 75th percentile respectively: Ferdinand Chan, Jennifer Gold, Spencer Gordon, Karan Goyal, Matthew Jaslove, Karen Liu, Lance Mack, Brooke Robbins, Matthew Rosenberg, Sara Rosenman, Brett Roston, Danielle Soloway, Benjamin Bailin, Gregory Fishberger, Emma Goodman, Alison Hahn, Cara Jaslove, Angel Jiang, Allison Katz, Jordan Seelig, Brenda Stern and Ian Wittels.

Sixteen other students received the honorable mention, placing between the 50th percentile and the 75th.

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