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Florida State Spanish Conference in Orlando

On March 7-9, fourteen upper school MCDS students attended the Florida State Spanish Conference in Orlando for the first time in the school's history. Students competed in three academic events: impromptu speaking, declamations, and dramatic presentations. One student participated in a non-academic event singing. Out of 21 entries, we received Sobresaliente (Outstanding), the highest mark possible in 18 of them. One student received a Superior (second highest mark), and two students received an Excelente (third highest mark). Here are the results per student:
 
Stella Espenkotter -
impromptu - Sobresaliente
(perfect score)
 
Maia Mandel -
impromptu and skit - Sobresaliente
(perfect scores)
 
Isabel Margarit -
impromptu - Excelente, declamation - Sobresaliente 
 
Zoe Grondin -
impromptu - Excelente, declamation - Sobresaliente
 
 
Oliver Shiff -
impromptu - Superior, declamation - Sobresaliente
 
Cameron Schoch -
impromptu and declamation - Sobresaliente
(perfect score in declamation)
 
Andrew Ajmani -
impromptu and declamation - Sobresaliente
(perfect score in declamation)
 
Salomé Benitah -
impromptu and skit - Sobresaliente (perfect scores)
 
Ana Carolina Castillo -
impromptu and skit - Sobresaliente
(perfect scores)
 
Miguel Escobar -
impromptu and skit - Sobresaliente
(perfect scores)
AND FIRST PLACE IN SONG
 
Amanda Núñez Bastos -
impromptu - Sobresaliente
(perfect score)
 
Francisco Apraiz -
impromptu and declamation - Sobresaliente (perfect
score in impromptu)
 
Nicolás Cáceres -
impromptu and skit - Sobresaliente
(perfect score in skit)
 
Ariel Aranha-Carvajal - 
impromptu - Sobresaliente (perfect
score)
 
Although we were short 2 students for team awards due to illnesses, these students excelled and have committed to come back better and stronger next year! I want to thank Mr. Bailey, and Ms. Guefen for chaperoning and supporting students. I could have not done this without them. Special thanks to Tania Vargas, Mike Culley, Iara Coltro, Coral Murray, and our school’s theater department for letting us use some of their props.

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