French, Spanish Students Earn Perfect Scores

National Exams Award Gold, Silver, Bronze and Honorable Mentions

Four students in the Upper School achieved perfect scores on the Grand Concours exam. French 2 students in Julie Ronquillo's class, Malia Davis and Sofia Mena, and French 3 students in Susan Dworaczyk's class, Victoria Davila and Amy Van der Linden, made perfect scores on the national exam.

Multiple Middle and Upper School students received gold, silver, bronze medals and honorable mentions. "We are very proud of our students and teachers," said World Languages Department Chair Marivi Mata.


Each year, students in Señora Rebeca Shiffrin’s class at The John Cooper School take the National Spanish Exam (NSE) sponsored by The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. This year two Cooper Middle School students earned top honors.

The exam is given to measure performance (interpretive communication) and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.
The 2020 exam, due to current requirements for distance learning, was administered online using Zoom as opposed to being administered in the classroom and was optional. Shiffrin monitored the exam online to 13 of her students.

Eighth graders Caroline Dylewski and Ian Hou had the distinct recognition of earning a perfect score in the NSE. “It is very difficult to earn a perfect score,” Shiffrin said. In order to earn a perfect score, students need to earn 200 points in the achievement (vocabulary and grammar) test and 200 in the proficiency (reading and listening) test for a total of 400.

“This is a great honor,” Shiffrin said. “Out of my 20 years here at Cooper only on fewer than 10 occasions have students earned a perfect score. I’m very proud of these two students. I am also proud of all the students who elected to take the exam.”