Archbishop Williams Students excel in National Examinations in Spanish and French

59 Spanish Students attained excellent performance; 30 French Students in 50th percentile or above

2015 National Spanish Examination

Congratulations to the following world language students from Archbishop Williams High School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations:

Gold Medal


Michael Matthews '17 - Abington 

Silver Medal

Adam Carr '17- Holbrook    

Philip Cheung '16 - Quincy         

Anna Egan '18 – Randolph

Kelly Hoang. '17- Randolph

Brendan McClelland '17 - Quincy

Rachel McManus '16 – Braintree

Chigozie Sumani ’18 - Randolph                

Bronze Medal

Jaclyn Shuttleworth '16 - Quincy.         

Joe-yee Yip '18 - Quincy.         

Francis Tran '16 - Holbrook.     

Meghan Gaudet '16 - Weymouth

Colin O'Donnell '16 - Weymouth

Trisha Howes. '18 - Weymouth

Camden McLeod '17 - Hanson

Anne Pham '17 - Randolph

Julia Huynh '17 - Randolph

Alexandria Calder '17 - Braintree

Lindsay Stelljes '18 - Cohasset

Mary Tarpey '18 - Cohasset

Joseph Walsh ' 18 - Norwood

Elizabeth Videtta '18 - Canton

Erin Snow '16 - Pembroke

Honorable Mention

Stephanie Allen '18 - Braintree

Claire Archdeacon. '16 - Weymouth        

Karthikeyan Arumugam '17 - Quincy         

Bridget Cornell '18 – Abington

Jonathan Deeley '17 - Kingston

Sarah Golden '16 – Quincy

Brian Kelly '18 – Braintree

Sumin Lee '16 - Boston

Maria Marchione '16 – Hull

James Mensching '18 - Cohasset

Miranda McColgan '18 - Whitman         

Benjamin Murphy '17 – Holbrook

Tracy Neville '17 – Braintree

Anand Panigraphy.'17 - Whitman     

Michael Phillips '18 - Weymouth              

Mary Pumphrey '18 – Weymouth

Patrick Sexton '18 - Braintree

Kiera Spaulding '17 – Weymouth

Brett Sullivan '17 – Hanover

Robert Zaleski '18 - E. Bridgewater                

This year, AWHS Spanish Students earned 1 gold, 7 silver and 15 bronze medals along with 21 honorable mentions.  "Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious," commented Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, "because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 154,000 students participating in 2015."

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Year in and year out, Archbishop Williams High School consistently has students achieving high marks on this very challenging Spanish exam. Spanish teachers, Beverly Ekstrom, Libby Sands, Joyce Lewis, Joanne Adams and Mary Lou Sadowski are congratulated, as these awards are a reflection of the quality instruction and focused preparation that they offer their students.

2015 National French Contest

Congratulations to the following world language students from Archbishop Williams High School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2015 National French Contest:

National Laureates


Jean-Didier Bertola’17 -   Scituate   -   Level 3 -  Gold Medal   95th percentile

Jonathan Hamilton’16 -  E. Bridgewater- Level 3 - Bronze Medal   80th percentile

Contest Award Winners

Caroline Bloomer’18 - Quincy                                                              

Olivia Boncaldo’17 -  Braintree                                                      

Sofia Boncaldo’17-  Braintree                                                         

Francesco Boncaldo’17 -  Braintree                                               

Jennifer Bossé  ‘17-  Lakeville

Jay Chaudhary’16 -  Quincy

Hannah Cunniff’17 -  Quincy

Michael Dallaire’17 -  E. Bridgewater

Meagan Donovan ’17  -  Abington

Madison Doran’17 -  Weymouth

Brendan Foley’18 -  Braintree

Andrew Henault’17 -  Milton

Tripoom Jala ’19 -  Braintree                                            

Chiara Lamparelli ‘18 -  Stoughton

Uyen Le’15 -  Braintree     

Sarah McDermott ‘17-  Braintree

Jessica Mullen’16 -  Milton

Megan Nguyen’17 -  Randolph

Kelli O’Brien’15 -  Quincy                                                                            

Anxin Shen’16 -  Braintree

Jennifer Smeloff ‘16– Kingston                                                  

Davis Stewart‘17-  Quincy

Claire Speredelozzi ’17 – Weymouth

John Smeloff’18 -  Kingston

Darnelle Stinfort’18 - Quincy

Chelsea Taxter’18 -  Boston

Tram Tran’15 -  Quincy                                                                                    

The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. AWHS Students enrolled in any of Diane Jackson’s French Classes were eligible to take the test.   This written test enables students from across the country to and compete against other students with similar educational backgrounds for National prizes of Excellence. This year 45 AWHS French Students participated in the contest of those, 30 students were recognized in the 50th percentile or above.  Two National Laureates were selected; One Gold and One Bronze Medalist.

 “I am so impressed by the ability of our students, inspired by great teachers, to achieve at such a high level relative to their peers across the country. Our world is shrinking by the day and the ability to communicate across cultures continues to be a key to success” said, AWHS Principal Dennis M. Duggan, Jr., Esq. ’70