SPANISH STUDENTS SCORE HIGH IN ANNUAL NATIONAL EXAM

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April 27, 2021

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Notre Dame Prep students follow a tradition of excellence on AATSP-administered test. 

Sophomore Thomas Belej, from left, and senior Santiago Plazas-Leguizamo earned silver medals in the 2021 National Spanish Examinations. Sophomore Tommy Fletcher and junior Marisa Ricci were awarded bronze medals.


Congratulations to the Spanish students from Notre Dame's upper school who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2021 National Spanish Examinations. The annual examination is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Students from Notre Dame Prep earned a total of two silver medals and two bronze medals along with 12 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. “These exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 140,000 students registered in 2021.”

Those who obtained recognition this year were:

Silver: Santiago Plazas-Leguizamo (12) and Thomas Belej (10)

Bronze: Marisa Ricci (11) and Tommy Fletcher (10)

Honorable mentions: Cristina Aldo (12), Maya Judd (12), Nolan Kuza (12), Nathan Vogel (12), Mya Fromwiller (12), Theresa Fadool (11), Brooke Cousins (11), Pedro Cabral (11), Madeline Lawrence (10), Priscilla Gasca-Cruz (10), Angela Mora (10) and Julia Gurne (9).

Their Spanish teachers included Señora Lilia Rapson, Señora Lauren Raleigh, Señora Margarita Billings and Señora Patricia Salazar.

"Students from Notre Dame Preparatory School have a long history of high achievement on these annual exams, and we are very proud of them," said Raleigh, who also serves as chair of NDPMA's modern language department. 

About the National Spanish Examinations
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. They are the most widely used tests of Spanish in the United States. 

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.