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Etowah Student Wins Award For Mastering Spanish Language

Katherine Morawa has won the 2014 Junior Travel Award for receiving high marks on the National Spanish Examination.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch

From the Cherokee County School District

Katherine Morawa, a junior at Etowah High School, has won the 2014 Junior Travel Award for her achievement on the National Spanish Examination and for her excellent skills in the Spanish language. 

“This national award is quite prestigious for Etowah High School,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, Director of the National Spanish Examinations, noting it is valued at more than $3,000, and is only awarded to 16 students from across the United States from among the 160,000 students who take the exam each year.   

The award provides eligible students the opportunity to travel to and experience the culture of a Spanish-speaking country. 

It includes round-trip transportation from the student’s home airport to Spain, transportation and guided excursions while in Spain, hotel stays and most meals.  Katherine will travel to Spain in July with the other 15 winners. 

Students become eligible by earning high scores on the National Spanish Examination and then submitting samples of their written and oral work in Spanish to a selection committee appointed by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  

Etowah High School has participated in the National Spanish Examination for the last five years.

“Congratulations to student Katherine Morawa and her Spanish teacher, Dr. Claudia Larrotta, who should be very proud of their accomplishments,” Principal Keith Ball said.

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