by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter
On April 9, WHS’ World Language Division honored students who have achieved academic excellence in learning a new language. Two different awards were given to the students: the achievement award and honors award.
The qualifications of the achievement award include having taken a language for three years, maintained a weighted B average, and showed interest in the language along with its culture. To receive the honors award, the students must have maintained a weighted A average for three consecutive years.
“I am proud of the fact that the honorees take pride of their language and culture and have achieved such a high level of academic Spanish. I advise the students to continue a language in college,” Rebecca Castro, Spanish teacher, said.
Recipients Cameron DeCoursey and Monica Czuma, seniors, both were honored for their achievements in the Italian language.
“I think every language is useful. I chose to study Italian because I always loved the language and the culture,” Czuma said.
DeCoursey and Czuma both went on the Italy trip with Angela Hawkins last year. They were able to experience the culture first-hand and use the language with people who did not know any English.
“I felt incredibly proud in my accomplishments in learning this new language, and my favorite experience in learning it was using it in Italy,” DeCoursey said.
Castro explained that students who have taken an AP language class in high school can continue onto college and take only a few more classes to obtain a minor.
“Right now, many industries are expanding internationally, and it is important for our students to bring something valuable to companies they might work in. They need to be confident in the language, bilingual in all context and have the transcript to document it,” Ms. Castro said.