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Congratulations to Lauren Ehrmann for earning the '2015 Indiana Outstanding Student of Spanish Award'. This distinguished award is given by the Indiana Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Lauren met the award criteria of maintaining a GPA above 3.7 and utilizing her Spanish skills at work. She is the Coordinator for the Adult ELL program at the Learning Network. She has also participated in a 6 week Spanish immersion program in Ciudad Real through an Indiana University program.
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Congratulations to Bloomington High School North students Diego Fierst Garcia and Maria Gonzalez Diaz who have been selected by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese as recipients of the 2015 Indiana Outstanding High School Student of Spanish Award.
Israel Fernando Herrera, AATSP Indiana Chapter President, IFLTA Advocacy Chair expressed to the students in the notification stating, "Your academic excellence, cultural interest and astonishing passion for Spanish was evident in the nomination sent by Professor Clara Garcia that you identified as your inspiration and motivation to study the language in your high school. Professor Garcia will be receiving the 2015 EXTIMO (Exceptional Teaching Impact and Motivation) Student Voice Award for Outstanding Spanish teacher in the ceremony as well. Professor Garcia's dedicated work with Bloomington High School North's Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, the AP Spanish courses and the Spanish Club has been of great value for all students learning Spanish in this prestigious top 10 Indiana school."
The Award Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 7th at 10am at the Sheraton Hotel (Keystone Crossing) during the AATSP Business Meeting that is part of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference.
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Penn senior, Amelia Rodriguez, and Penn teacher/World Languages Academy leader Kelley Watts were both singled out for honors bestowed by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) this month.
Amelia is a recipient of the 2015 Indiana Outstanding High School Latino/Hispanic Student Award. This comment comes from her award notification: “Your strong passion for Spanish and your dedicated community service are evident.” Amelia is a fourth-year Spanish student; she took “accelerated” courses for two years and is currently enrolled in AP Spanish.
Mrs. Watts received the 2015 EXTIMO Student Voice Award for Outstanding Spanish Teacher. EXTIMO stands for Exceptional Teaching Impact and Motivation. The award committee noted that Mrs. Watts serves as both inspiration and motivation to her Spanish-language students. In fact, Amelia credits Mrs. Watts as a primary reason for her interest, enjoyment and success in the study and use of the Spanish language.
While neither woman was able to attend the recent awards ceremony that took place in Indianapolis, both are looking forward to their awards being delivered to them here.
AATSP reviews many nominations in their quest to recognize “the best students and the best Spanish teachers in the state of Indiana.” P-H-M is proud that the statewide search resulted in two talented people from Penn High School being identified and honored!
Publicado por: Current In Westfield
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Elle McFarlane spent time in the Palacio de Cristal in Retiro Park in Madrid during her time in Spain. (Submitted photos)
Two Westfield High School students were recognized as recipients of the Indiana Outstanding High School Student of Spanish Award.
Elle McFarlane and Taylor Knight were both recognized for their dedication in learning the language. After a recommendation letter from Jen Hasler-Troutman, WHS Spanish teacher, they were awarded the accomplishment.
“They suggest that students have volunteer work in the Spanish community, show dedication through Spanish or studied abroad, and I’ve done all of those things, and figured I had a chance and ended up getting it,” said McFarlane, who studied in Leon, Spain over the summer.
McFarlane also serves as a translator through her church, volunteered at Amigos de Westfield, and tutors other Spanish students.
Taylor Knight participates in the Camino
Knight also studied in Leon, Spain, volunteered at Amigos de Westfield and tutors other students in the language.
Both girls are AP Spanish students in Hasler-Troutman’s class.
“I am proud of this award because for me it means that I have achieved more than I thought that I could, and that I am being recognized for my passion for the language,” Knight said. “I would just like to add that the Indiana Honors Program in Foreign Language, which is the program I studied abroad with, gave me the opportunity of a lifetime and that I am truly grateful for the chance I had to do something with my passion.”
Knight and McFarlane will be honored and presented with their awards at a ceremony Nov. 7.
Knight and McFarlane say they want to continue learning the language, and McFarlane said she hopes to minor in the language at college.
“I want to be a doctor and have been told several times it’s good to speak another language, especially Spanish, in the medical career,” McFarlane said.
In addition to the girls receiving the awards, Hasler-Troutman will receive the Exceptional Teaching Impact and Motivation Award for Outstanding Spanish Teacher at the ceremony as well.