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Education: Salisbury Academy students win Spanish awards

Several world language students from Salisbury Academy earned national recognition for excellent performance on the 2009 National Spanish Examinations.
Samantha Washko won the first place award for the state of North Carolina and a Gold Medal. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Washko.
Other students receiving awards are seventh-grade students Maria Weber, Bronze Medal; Thacher Shields, Taylor Rodenhuis, Jon Mark Petty and Alexandra Drye, honorable mention.
Eighth-grade students are: Brock Overcash, Silver Medal, Nathan Wyatt and Alex Wimmer, Bronze Medal; Allie Billings, Benton Kribbs, Paul McNeely, Tyler Petty and Trey Bergsma, honorable mention.
“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. “The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with well over 115,000 students participating in 2009.”
Each year, students in grades six through 12 take the National Spanish Examinations, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
Students from Salisbury Academy have a history of high achievement on these exams. Yasmin Lozano Harris is the Spanish teacher.
Knollwood honor roll
Knollwood Elementary School celebrated their honor roll children this quarter.
They are: Rebekah Lippard, Grace Williams, Katie Casey, Brooke Sechler, Yoris Vanegas, Jamarius Hairston, Julianne Stockwell, Alyssa Starnes, Ana Arriola, Maren Shumaker, Duke McDaniels, Amanda Cox, Keely Proctor, Madison Yates, Sarah Wong, Braxton Rogers, Elena Turnbull, Maggie Hollar, Bethany Roberson, Brian Aragon, Gillian Gibson, Rachel Gunsch, Zachary Marchinko, Joseph Mitchem, Fallon Ritchie, Garrett Ingold, Bryson Collins, Ashlee Wagoner, Shirley Trayah, Bailey Campbell, Samantha Liddle, Bryan Fragoso, Krystal Rothermund, Madison Almond, Weston Shue, Michale Anton.
Koontz Good Citizens
Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Elementary School Good Citizen for May:
Kindergarten: Bryan Alvarez, Harli Cunningham, Justin Hogg, Michael Hollar, Trey Kyles, Jalen Moss, Jace Pittman, Caitlin Stout and Kelly Valverde.
First grade: Isaac Cannon, Dashawn Coleman, Donavan Corpening, Elizabeth Garcia, Shalonte Hancock, Parker Lippard, Augustine Nyae Ashanti Rouse, Taylor Wagnor, Hannah Wahl, Tatianna Withers and Kristy Yang.
Second grade: Kimberly Boone, Kiersten Bostian, Joel Davies, Marvin Finger, Olivia Gregory, Lejla Mehmedovic, Damon Morgan and Mansi Patel.
Third grade: Mykeria Adkins, Maleah Corpening, Manuel Garcia, Orephus Kollie, Emira Mustafic, Reakwon Truesdale and Jordan Ward.
Fourth grade: Michael Cox, Jacobline Doe, Maria Garcia, Kalem Hewitt, Christopher Moore, Nasiah Pulley, Kainan Strickland and Kallia Yang.
Fifth grade: Tydesija Dennis, Nyeshia Hosch, Amelia Peck, Keldrick Wilson.
People to People
Lucas Safrit, a student at Southeast Middle School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Safrit will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., June 21-26, 2010, to study leadership and explore some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions.
From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian Institution, and from historic Gettysburg to the National Museum of American History, Safrit will examine the characteristics of American leadership during times of national challenge and prosperity. Forum delegates will also participate in small-group discussions and exercises to experience firsthand how successful leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus, and foster change.
Safrit was accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement, and leadership potential.
He is the son of Lewis and Patti Safrit.

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