CFA Spanish Students Set Record with 8 Gold Medals

Upper School Students who were awarded gold medals stand with US Spanish teachers Rachel Hatfield and Sutton Boney.

Congratulations to a record number of students from the Middle and Upper schools who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2019 National Spanish Examination.

Students from Middle School Spanish grades 6-8 and Upper School Honors Levels 3-5 earned a total of 8 gold, 15 silver, and 20 bronze medals, and 35 honorable mentions. 

The students who were awarded gold medals are:

  • May Boney (7th grade)
  • Emily Cox (8th grade)
  • Katie Meine (8th grade)
  • Kevin Li (Upper School Spanish 3)
  • Elizabeth Porter (Upper School Spanish 3)
  • Abigail Smith (Upper School Spanish 3)
  • Noah Durham (Upper School Spanish 4)
  • Elizabeth Hodgden (Upper School Spanish 4)

Students from Cape Fear Academy first began taking the National Spanish Exam in the 2015-2016 school year with a high level achievement.

“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 over 140,000 students participating in 2019.”

The purpose of the National Spanish Examination is to recognize achievement in the study of the Spanish language, to promote proficiency in interpretive communication in the Spanish language, to assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish, and to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish.

Spanish teachers Kwabene Williams, Amy Tarallo, Brian Nobles, Trisha Ellison, Ani Scuteri, Sutton Boney, and Rachel Hatfield should be congratulated for their work in preparing students for and providing access to the exam. The groundwork for this success is laid beginning in the first years of the study of the language!