GOODNEWS: Ten local students ace Spanish exam

SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education plans to honor 10 local students during its monthly board meeting in June for their accomplishment on the 2012 National Spanish Exam.

Board members will salute four students who earned first place in Georgia and six others who ranked second statewide on the national exam that assesses foreign language proficiency.

The state's top performers from Gwinnett who earned first place are Camila Diaz Borquez, Sam Helmey and Tami Feng, all of Parkview High; and David Velez Arce of Archer High.

Those who earned second place on the exam were Karl Broughton, Parkview High; Allison Fisher, Clara Wang and Robert Hensey, all of Norcross High; Shushmita Hoque and Radha Patel, both of Brookwood High.

In addition to these top performers, the scores of another 28 foreign language students placed them among the top 10. Students who placed first through sixth in the state received medals and certificates from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, which sponsors the national exam. All participating students received a free dictionary.

School district named best for music

SUWANEE -- The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has named Gwinnett County Public Schools as one of the best communities for music education.

In the nonprofit's 13th annual survey, GCPS once again made the organization's national designation. There were 237 districts nationwide that participated in the survey and 176 made the cut as the best communities for music education in America.

School systems were chosen based on their music curriculum, programs and public support. The survey included questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time and facilities and support for music programs.

In Gwinnett, about 99,000 students were enrolled in music education courses during the 2011-12 school year. All of Gwinnett's traditional 77 elementary schools, 26 middle schools and 18 high schools offer music education courses. They include band, chorus, piano, guitar, music technology, music recording, jazz band, marching band, chorus and music theory. More than 250 educators in the district are certified to teach music.

Established in 1999, the Best Communities for Music Education in America survey is a nationwide search for communities who provide access to music education as an essential part of a complete education and to exemplify commitment and support.

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.


kevin 3 years, 3 months ago

Ha. Why wouldn't a Latino person win first place in a contest for the best Spanish language proficiency?


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