Results are in - Hunters Lane, MLK, and Overton students rank nationally for Spanish, German, Latin and French
In addition to Overton High School's Seal of Biliteracy program that rewards students who have mastered two languages, many Metro Schools students compete nationally in language exams to show their proficiency.
This year, lots of students have performed well and their commitment to learning another language and culture has paid off!
The National Spanish Exam is the largest and oldest exam of its kind with thousands of students competing just in Tennessee across six levels of Spanish. Each level consists of three competition categories: classroom experience, outside experience and bilingual.
Students compete for medals (gold, silver and bronze) and honorable mention based on national rankings.
Hunters Lane High School - National Spanish Exam
Gold medal: Sarahi Lara Gomez (Level 4)
Silver medal: Perla Puentes, Heissy Lopez (Level 3)
Honorable Mentions: Justin Nichols—Level 1 Rosaline Tep, Daniella Menjivar, Julia Alcantar, Yoselin Beltran, Alex Sandoval, Rhaei Brown (Level 3) Dayana Mendez, Jose Ramirez (Level 4).
Overton High School - National Spanish Exam
Gold medal: Noemy Torres (Level 2), Jennifer Calles (Level 2).
Silver medal: Aris Allison (Level 2), Raquel Dominguez (Level 2), Arlette Macias (Level 2), Carlos Ramos-Rodriguez (Level 1).
Bronze medal: Ashley Kwak, (Level 1), Sean Pak (Level 1), Gina Gad (Level 2), Elizabeth Sims (Level 2).
Honorable Mention: MaryEllen Bates (Level 1), Matthew Beech (Level 1), Brooke Bixler (Level 1), Jessica Cobbinah (Level 1), Muhammad Habibullaev (Level 1), Tara Kemp (Level 1), Julia Le (Level 1), Sarah Osborne (Level 1), Shun Ahmed (Level 2), Aylanna Alvorado (Level 2), Amando Boeing (Level 2), McKayla Clements (Level 2), Jasmine Cobbinah (Level 2), Caroline Conner (Level 2), Matthew Dernberger (Level 2), Megan Dernberger (Level 2), Mahelat Endatrsesaw (Level 2), Afua Mensah (Level 2), Tracy Olsen (Level 2), AnnaMarie Puglise (Level 2), Alexis Sheeler (Level 2), Mariah Washington (Level 2), Barren Yassin (Level 2), Hana Abutaleb (Level 2), Alan Rasheed (Level 2), Miguel Arias (Level 2), Izury Vasquez (Level 2).
Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School - National Latin Exam
More than 154,000 students in the U.S. and 19 foreign countries participated in this year’s exam.
All MLK Latin students took the exam. Their awards this year include two perfect papers at the Latin II level (Maya Johnson and Amir Alam), two book awards for having gold medals for four years (Divya Dayanidhi and John Hartley), and one book award for having five years of gold medals (Dylan Folsom). Dylan is also eligible for the National Latin Exam scholarship.
View the full list of awards here.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School - National German Exam
Many German 1 students achieved high marks in the National German Exam, taken by more than 20,000 level I students around the country. Special congratulations go out to Maya Diedrich and Parwan Machingal who both ranked 1st place in Tennessee!
Gold medal: Maya Diedrich (1st), Parwan Machingal (1st), Caleb Barba Villanueva (6th), Joseph Hallum (14th), Allison Knight (24th), and Yousif Habeb (28th)
Silver medal: Alex Hoang, Edith McClure, Chibuzor Okolocha, Raef Lawerence, Joseph Williams, Vivan Huy, and Connor Schultz
Bronze medal: Alexandria Haynes, Camden Morris, Amelia Putnam, Madison Gossard, and Izabella Johnson
Achievement Award: Mohamed Ahmed, Claudia Villeda-Rubio, Hlina Hailu, Sylvie Kendi, Campbell Bledsoe, Elena Bahan, Jonathan Bumgarner, Eduardo Villanueva, Walker Williams, Kamryn Frieson, and Ronan Hall.
Herzlichen Glückwünschen! (Congratulations!)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School - National French Exam
Six MLK students ranked nationally (top 25 percent) in the 81st annual National French Contest, Le Grand Concours, a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). More than 85,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2016 event, which evaluates students on their written and listening comprehension skills.
Gold medal: Julia An (Level 3A).
Silver medal: Rose Dubois (Level 1A).
Bronze medal: Rachel Chen (Level 1A), Oliver Kacki (Level 3A), Yitu Ikapitte (Level 3C), Vera Aluoch (Level 4A).
In addition to the national winners, 18 MLK students received Honorable Mention certificates for their performance.
"French students who rank nationally in Le Grand Concours demonstrate a superior level of global responsibility, integrative cultural competence, language skills, and commitment to excellence and dedication. They significantly increase their community’s international profile. Their French teachers, whom they honor, work hard to produce responsible world citizens with multilingual capabilities," said AATF President Catherine Danièlo, in a news release.