Thirty-four Bethel Park High School students earned recognitions on the 2018 National Spanish Exams, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, including one Gold Medal, six Silver Medals, three Bronze Medals and 24 Honorable Mentions. Over 150,000 students across the country participated in these exams, which are the largest of their kind in the United States.
Junior Gavin Heinrichs-Majetich earned a Gold Medal on the Spanish 4 Honors Exam, for scoring at or above the 95th percentile.
Silver Medals for scoring between the 85th and 94th percentile were earned by juniors Thomas Lejeck, Emma Petrick and Lindsay Pfab on the Spanish 4 Honors Exam; sophomores Julia Cable and Shadiyah Feliciano on the Spanish 3 Honors Exam; and freshman Katelyn Sams on the Spanish 2 Honors Exam.
Bronze Medals for scoring between the 75th and 84th percentile were given to senior Elise Bermudez on the AP Spanish 5 Exam; and freshmen Abby Kearns and Jillian Noel on the Spanish 2 Honors Exam.
Honorable Mentions were given to those students who scored between the 50th and 74th percentiles: seniors Noah Gearhart and Valerie Wengryn on the AP Spanish 5 Exam; juniors Autumn Gorman, Sabrina Myers, Autumn Plutt and Alexa Will on the Spanish 4 Honors Exam; sophomores Sydney Burns, Molly Hoffman, Alyssa Kane, Austin Konopka and Anthony Will on the Spanish 3 Honors Exam; and freshmen Emily Carter, Jake Cook, Emily Guffey, Emma Hand, Gabriella Johnson, Sierra Kuzak, Christian McClaine, Teagan Mehalko, Demetrios Patrinos, Aiden Puskas, Zachary Rectenwald, Elise Turka and Travis Zeis on the Spanish 2 Honors Exams.
The students are taught by Bethel Park High School Spanish Teachers Alyssa D’Alessandro, Dana Jordan and Laura Ralyea.