Bethel Park High School students were recognized by the American Association of Teachers of German for their outstanding performance on the 2019 National German Exam, including three Gold Awards, 11 Silver Awards, two Bronze Awards and six Honorable Mentions.
Earning Gold Awards for scoring in the 90th percentile or higher on the Level 4 Exam were seniors Jerry Varghese and Sonja Hebestreit. Jerry’s score in the 96th percentile placed him as the second-highest scorer out of the 98 Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia students who took the Level 4 Exam. Sonja scored in the 94th percentile and her score placed her as the fourth-highest scorer in the region.
Junior Jacob Bauer earned a Gold Award on the Level 3 Exam, scoring in the 93rd percentile, which placed him ninth among the 163 area students who took the test.
Nine students earned Silver Awards on the Level 4 Exam for scoring in the 80th percentile or higher, with two students among the top 10 scorers on the Level 4 Exam. Senior Lily Wilson finished in seventh place, followed by juniors Brandon Janus and Logan Zivic, who tied for ninth place. Also earning Silver Awards on the Level 3 Exam were seniors Will Coplan, Holly Troesch, Eve Rosemeier, Alec Wilson, Alyssa Iampietro and Jaysen Snyder. Bethel Park High School German students turned in 11 of the top 20 scores on the Level 4 Exam.
Sophomores Olivia Tabler and Johnatan Ivanov earned Silver Medals on the Level 3 Exam.
Sophomore Ben Sommer and junior Alex Murphy earned Bronze Medals on the Level 3 Exam for scoring in the 70th percentile or higher.
Six students achieved Honorable Mention status on the Level 3 Exam for scoring in the 55th percentile or higher. They are junior Marissa Disori and sophomores Abby Cannon, Sawyer D’Andrea, Anthony Martinelli, Kerrianne Troesch and Ben Rutherford.
As Gold Medalists, Jacob Bauer and Jerry Varghese are now eligible to compete for a scholarship to travel and study in Germany this summer. Sonja Hebestreit is not eligible because of her frequent visits to German-speaking countries.
The students are taught by Bethel Park High School German Teacher Christopher Tobias.