Students Garner National Recognition on Foreign Language Exams

Several Pine-Richland High School students garnered national recognition for their results on the National Spanish and French examinations.National Spanish & French Exams

The Spanish exam is an online tool for grades six through 12 and given voluntarily by about 4,000 teachers throughout the United States to measure performance (interpretive communication) and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.

Top scorers on the Spanish exam include: sophomore Lauren Juncal, who earned a gold medal (Premio de Oro). Sophomores Sara Coleman and Bailey Mohri and Junior Alyssa Bigley, who earned silver medals (Premio de Plata).  Sophomore Derek Bashe, Meghan McLoughlin, Umayal Natesan, Mason Pruhs and Weston Wagner, who earned bronze medals (Premio de Bronce).  Sophomores Emily Brandt, Nick Casario, Aiyana Chopra, Jacob Garretson, Jacob Maley, Marissa Moeller, and Carly Switala and junior Natalie Christel, who earned an honorable mention (Mencion Honorifica). The exam was given under the direction of Teacher Kristin Hough.

The American Association of Teachers of French sponsor the National French Contest, known as Le Grand Concours. Students studying French in grades one through 12, in all 50 states and abroad, take a written test and compete against students with similar educational background for prizes. Ninth grader Daniel Krill ranked third, ninth grader Gina Sabol ranked fifth and sophomore Devin Golla ranked seventh in Western Pennsylvania. In addition to Daniel, Gina and Devin, sophomores Taryn Douglas, Jordan Labuda, Riley Moore, Radha Patel and Kevin Zhou ranked nationally in the program according to Teacher Dawn Herbst.   Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French.   More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2017 event.