Marist High School students earned some of the highest scores in the city and nation on the National Italian Exam administered by the American Association of Teachers of Italian. Senior Alexis Kolp, was third in the nation and six of eight students received honorable mentions. Congratulations to these students and their teacher, Erica Nathan-Gamauf.
1 Senior Alexis Kolp 98% / 5th place in the nation Medalist, $50 award, 1st place in Chicagoland
2 Senior Tristan Simmons 94% / 10th place in the nation, National Honorable Mention, 2nd place in Chicagoland
3 Senior Liam Duignan 89% / 10th place in the nation, National Honorable Mention, 3rd place in Chicagoland
4 Senior Catherine Denny 89% / 10th place in the nation, National Honorable Mention, 3rd place in Chicagoland
5 Senior Giselle Duran 68% / 16th place in the nation, National Honorable Mention, 6th place in Chicagoland
6 Senior Gianna Nemcovic 63% in the nation, Local Honorable Mention
7 Senior Gianna Wheeler 53% in the nation
8 Sr Neena Botthof 45% in the nation
The exam is offered at five levels and in 2017, 184 schools from the following states participated: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, International, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, (and Puerto Rico). The number of students who wrote the exam in the U.S. is 5,465.
The Italian program continues to grow at Marist. It is now open to freshmen at the academic and honors level with courses being added at each subsequent grade level culminating in Advanced Placement Italian at the senior level. Marist’s world language department offers courses in Spanish, Italian and French, along with associated co-curricular clubs and exchange programs with Marist schools in Italy, France, Spain, and Argentina.