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Hong Linh Duong '21 Earns Highest Honor on National Spanish Exam

Being an international student, Hong Linh Duong ’21 isn’t required to take a foreign language requirement at Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

However, since she plans to stay in the United States at least through college, Linh knows how much Spanish could help her in the future.

Linh is making the most of her opportunity to learn a third language, earning the highest possible rank - a gold medal - on the 2019 National Spanish Exam at the Spanish 2 level.

Linh, of Vietnam, received a gold medal for the second year in a row, scoring a combined 99 percent on the vocabulary-grammar and reading-listening sections in 2019. She was one of 43 WMA students to be recognized for their performance on the NSE.

Quotes

Linh on why she chose to take Spanish: “I just like that it’s really popular in the United States so it doesn’t hurt to learn Spanish. I didn’t have to take it but I wanted to learn Spanish and it was offered here.”

Linh on earning a gold medal for the second year in a row: “It’s a pretty big achievement and I’m proud I got a gold medal. I’m moving on in Spanish so I’m hoping I can keep my pace up. I can always do better.”

Spanish teacher Brian Lautenschleger on Linh as a student in class: “What impresses me the most about Linh is that she does not work hard simply for the accomplishment of receiving a good grade. Her solid questions in class illustrate a genuine concern for improving in all areas of the language. This willingness is an ideal characteristic for a language student and will surely help Linh to strengthen her hold on advanced grammar and vocabulary. I know that I can always count on Linh to try her best.” 

Below is a list of WMA students who also received honors based on their score on the NSE:

Spanish 1

Erika Zaripova ’20

Honorable Mention

 

Maddie Rahilly ’20

Honorable Mention

 

Celia Yang ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Brooke Catellier ’22

Bronze

 

Matt Clifford ’22

Honorable Mention

 

Eghosa Osemwota ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Nam Ahn Vu ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Deven Austin ’22

Bronze

 

Jeremiah Patterson-Yancey ’22

Bronze

     

Spanish 2

Ryan Cordeiro ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Emma Feeley ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Aidan Held ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Steven Holik ’22

Honorable Mention

 

Roshni Jilte ’22

Honorable Mention

 

Luke Lombard ’22

Honorable Mention

 

Yusi Mo ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Isabelle Wilson ’22

Honorable Mention

 

Nick Morin ’21

Bronze

 

My Ha Le ’21

Bronze

 

Emily Fafard ’20

Bronze

 

Chuc An Tran ’21

Silver

 

Hong Linh Duong ’21

Gold

     

Spanish 3

Josh Besse ’20

Honorable Mention

 

Ben Johnson ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Moonsu Kang ’20

Honorable Mention

 

Jo-Jo Michael-Addy ’19

Honorable Mention

 

Raymi Porter ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Nathan Rivera ’20

Bronze

 

Yongwei Zhang ’19

Bronze

 

Gleb Zaytsev ’19

Silver

     

Spanish 4

Jeremy Dubois ’21

Honorable Mention

 

James Gagnon ’19

Honorable Mention

 

Brandyn Vitek ’19

Honorable Mention

 

J.J. Wilson ’19

Honorable Mention

 

Maya Ferris ’19

Bronze

 

Yuke Wu ’19

Bronze

 

Maggie Kuhn ’20

Honorable Mention

 

Laurel Vartabedian ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Jack Whitcomb ’21

Honorable Mention

 

Oliver Piantini ’21

Honorable Mention

     

Spanish 5

Erika Convery ’19

Honorable Mention

 

Alan Toktassyn ’19

Bronze

 

Astrid Mihalopoulos ’21

Bronze