Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

HAMDEN – Eighteen of Sacred Heart Academy’s world language students have gained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2013 National Spanish Examinations (NSE).

The students earned a total of three gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals.

The gold medal winners are Mitali Bandyopadhyay, ’16, of Farmington; Diana Estrada, ’16, of West Haven; and Jane Lockery, ’15, of Branford.

Earning silver medals were Madison Gallagher, ’14, of Bristol; Ashley Garcia, ’15, of Deep River; Meghan Glynn, ’15, of Wallingford; Erinn Halasinski, ’15, of Plantsville; Ashley Heidtmann, , 15,, and Thairy Kovacs, ’16, both of West Haven; Abbey Lawlor, 15, of Cheshire; and Kelly McGovern, ’14, of North Branford.

Bronze medals were awarded to Molly Andrus, ’15, of Guilford; Analiese Casey, ’15, of Milford; Warner Dixon, ’15, of Milford; Katherine Donohue, ’15, of Hamden; Michaela Matos, ’14, of Naugatuck; Kathryn Mortati, ’14, of Trumbull; and Mackenzie Walsh, ’15, of Guilford.

“Attaining a medal for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, national director of the exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States, with over 156,000 students participating in 2013.”

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grade six through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Students from Sacred Heart have a long history of high achievement on these exams. The Spanish teachers are Maria Rethis and Oscar Rollan.