Several students from Mayfield High School have attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations (NSE) taken March 14. The exams are comprised of six levels according to the student’s command of the language, with level six being the most advanced and difficult. The students earned a total of two silver and three bronze medals along with two honorable mention, according to school officials.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams. “The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating across the country in 2017.”
Earning silver medals were Miriam Regalado, 12th grade, and Elizabeth Miranda, 11th grade, both in Level 5.  These two silver medalists were the highest scored in New Mexico. Bronze medals were earned by Nezly Navarro, 12th grade, in Level 5; Amanda Pando, 12th grade, and Cecilia Piñon, 11th grade, both in Level 4.  The honorable mention medals were earned by Nayra Chacón-Molina, 12th grade, in Level 4 and Esmeralda Sanchez, 12th grade, in Level 3.
Mayfield students have been making history of high achievement on these exams. They were taught and mentored by Spanish teacher Sra. Estela Guerra.  She has been teaching Spanish levels 1-4 and AP Spanish for nearly 13 years.
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

—For more information, contact Sra. Estela Guerra, 575.527.9415,