DGS Students Honored for Excellence in Spanish Language

DGS Students Honored for Excellence in Spanish Language

Several Downers Grove South students who took the 2023 National Spanish Examination this Spring were recognized for their performance. 

Students from South High School earned three gold medals, two silver medals, and three bronze medals. 

 “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Lisa Greenman, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 85,000 students participating in 2023.”

Students from South High School have a history of high achievement on these exams and were taught by Spanish teachers Robert Topor, Diana Boukal, Cyndi Montero, Tara Basar, and Joyce McElroy.  



Makentsy Mendoza - Level 4, Bilingual

Isabella Salvino - Level 4

Anna Maggos, Level 3


Sara Ramírez - Level 4, Bilingual 

Margaret Stanley - Level 5


Liliana Hernández - Level 3

Logan Kavanaugh - Level 3

Jonathan Vachachira - Level 3


The National Spanish Examinations are administered yearly in grades 6 through 12 and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

To learn more about the National Spanish Exam, visit their website. To learn more about World Languages, visit the South High Department page.