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May 2, 2014

Morris students excel in Spanish, earn honors

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Six language students from Morris Central School earned national recognition through their performance on the National Spanish Examinations.

According to a media release from school Spanish teacher, Joanne Telfer, Jaser Iniquez earned a silver medal with a score on the standardized proficiency exam in the 88th percentile. Earning honorable mention for scores that ranged from the 51st-to-74th percentile were Cameron Best, Robert Child, David Dugan and Chloe Koster — in Spanish I, and Sophia Garry in Spanish II.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said its director, Kevin Cessna-Buscemi. They are the largest of their kind in this country, with more than 154,000 students participating. The tests are administered by participating schools and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Telfer was on a school trip Thursday and could not be reached for comment.

School Superintendent Matthew Sheldon praised the results.

“We have a very strong Spanish program” with two quality teachers. Joanne Telfer teaches the students from 8th grade on. Mary Velez teaches seventh grade.

Telfer does a lot to keep students engaged, after that first year. This includes a Spanish Club and a Spanish National Honor Society.

“It encourages students to do well,” he said.