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spchs spanish webBRISTOL — Several world language students at St. Paul Catholic High School have attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations.

The school earned two gold, two silver and four bronze medals along with 28 honorable mentions.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention 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 157,000 students participating in 2017.”

National awards are determined by the total percentile. From St. Paul, Andrew Cawley and Natasha Kempes earned gold medal recognition for scoring at or above the 95th percentile; Jillian Kiazim and Kaitlyn Koser earned silver medal awards for scoring from the 85th through 94th percentiles; and Owen Guglielmino, Brooke Kirchner, Jade Udoh and Louis Perugini took home bronze medal recognition for scoring between the 75th and 84th percentiles.

Honorable mention went to Matthew Biscoglio, Kaitlyn Bielecki, Stephanie Coan, Hannah Couillard, Madelyn Corey, Joseph Crowley, Megan Fortier, Miranda Grustas, Mckenzie Gauthier, Katherine Mazzarelli, Janessa Gonzalez, Ethan Sanzone, Molly McCallister, Noah Waterts, Natalie Millerick, Nayeli Torres, Hyelim Min, Victoria DiPinto, Rebecca Nerborne, Jordan Rinaldi,Thomas Pauloz,Scott Winters, Jeremy Rinaldi, Katie Pauloz, Stephan Zwolinski, Dennis Cawley, Ben Czuprinski, and Ximena Varela-Marin.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.