Several MMI Preparatory School world language students attained national recognition for their excellent performance on the 2016 National Spanish Examinations.
MMI students earned a total of two gold, four silver and seven bronze medals along with 11 honorable mentions from Spanish 1 through Spanish 4.
The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The honors are based on percentiles in competition with the more than 157,000 students who took the examination this year.
Frederick Mejia and Maxwell Santana both earned Spanish I gold medals. Alexander Sessock and Alexander Kline received silver medals, while Kelisa Hysenbegasi, Morgan Long, Kaitlyn McGeehan and Zachary Young won bronze medals. Nicholas Carrato and Tessa Peluso were honorable mention selections.
In Spanish 2, Gabriella Kupsho took home a silver medal. Angelica Alday, Jaclyn Braunstein and Anna Haber received an honorable mention.
Ali Aijaz captured a silver medal in Spanish 3. Anirban Chowdhury, Kayla Leonard and Allison McGeehan won bronze medals. Dana Carrato, Joey Kress, Kisan Patel, Daniel Tron and Nicholas Young earned an honorable mention.
Jay Solgama was an honorable mention selection in Spanish 4.
All the students were taught by MMI World Language instructor Dennis Clarke.
Frederick Mejia is the son of Carlos and Esperanza Mejia, West Hazleton; Maxwell Santana is the son of Yris Aquino, Hazleton; Alexander Sessock is the son of Jennifer and James Denion, Freeland, and the late John Sessock; Alexander Kline is the son of Dr. Gerard and Caterina Kline, Mountaintop; Kelisa Hysenbegasi is the daughter of Sezai and Lirie Hysenbegasi, Hazle Township; Morgan Long is the son of David and Theresa Long of Mountaintop; Kaitlyn McGeehan is the daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan, Drums; Zachary Young is the son of Christian and Nicole Young, Freeland; Nicholas Carrato is the son of Dr. Anthony and Carmine Carrato, Hazleton; Tessa Peluso is the daughter of Chandra Keyser, Hazleton, and Daniel Peluso, Coatsville; Gabriella Kupsho is the daughter of Dr. Robert and Diane Kupsho, Drums; Angelica Alday is the daughter of Dr. Senen Alday and Dr. Milagros Azcueta-Alday, Mountaintop; Jaclyn Braunstein is the daughter of Dr. Larry and Kimberly Braunstein, Mountaintop; Anna Haber is the daughter of Dr. John and Cathryn Haber, Tresckow; Ali Aijaz is the son of Fakhruddin and Naghma Aijaz, Mountaintop; Anirban Chowdhury is the son of Bhaskar and Saumitir Chowdhury, Hazle Township; Kayla Leonard is the daughter of Gregory and Karen Leonard, Hazle Township; Allison McGeehan is the daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan, Drums; Dana Carrato is the daughter of Dr. Anthony and Carmine Carrato, Hazleton; Joey Kress is the son of Jessica Holliday, Drums, and Joseph and Tracy Kress, Sugarloaf; Kisan Patel is the son of Dr. Dilipkumar and Dr. Minaben Patel, Mountaintop; Daniel Tron is the son of Dr. Eduardo Tron and Dr. Graciela Bianco, Mountaintop; Nicholas Young is the son of Christian and Nicole Young, Freeland; and Jay Solgama is the son of Dr. Paresh and Arti Solgama, Mountaintop.