West Scranton Students Score High

in the National Spanish Exam


Congratulations to several world language students from West Scranton High School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2014 National Spanish Examinations.


Students from West Scranton earned a total of 2 gold, 6 silver, and 9 bronze medals, along with 28 medals of honorable performance.  “Attaining a medal for any student on the National Spanish Exams 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 154,000 students participating in 2014.”


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.


National Spanish Exam Medalists

Pictured are the highest exam scorers from West Scranton High School:

Row 1:  (L to R)

Jake MacDonald (Level 2 Gold Medal; scored in the 96% percentile nationally)

Blake Carlton (Level 1 Silver Medal)

Jamie Cramer (Level 1 Silver Medal)

Kristian Lynn (Level 1 Bronze Medal)


Row 2: (L to R)

Sean McTiernan (Level 1 Silver Medal)

Paul Emiliani (Level 4 Bronze Medal)

Zach Neimiec (Level 1 Bronze Medal)

Callie O’Brien (Level 1 Silver Medal)

Jacob Wegielewski (Level 1 Bronze Medal)


Row 3: (L to R)

Diane Matteo (Level 2 Bronze Medal)

Laila Motta (Level 1 Silver Medal)

Danielle Rutkowski (Level 4 Silver Medal)

Cara Anzulewicz (Level 4 Gold Medal; scored in the 98% percentile nationally)


Row 4: (L to R)

Larissa Kane (Level 4 Bronze Medal)

Obdulia Vazquez (Level 3 Bronze Medal)


Absent from photo:

Caroline Kudrich (Level 1 Bronze Medal)

Elias Torres (Level 1 Bronze Medal)


Students also receiving medals for honorable performance are:

Level 1:

Michael Bruno, Kyle Carozzi, Theresa Chesek, Donovan Depasquale, Anthony Giordano, Isaiah McCloe, Kaila O’Neill, Nick Pfohl, Marissa Popis, Melanie Souriyavong, Chris Spathelf, and Noah Molina


Level 2:

Maria Coyne, Marcus Dickson, Felisia Gonie, Cassie Merrill, Joe Chesek, Felicia Cicco, Avery Frazier, Chrissy Kelly, Hailey Kraser, Patrick O’Malley, Heather Schmidt, Jacob Thomas, and Jefferson Inoa (bilingual exam)


Level 4:

Brad Robinson, Nancy Ramirez, and Valerie Valencia