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Junior at York Community High School wins national travel award

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:35 p.m. CDT
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York Junior Matthew Niewiara poses with Spanish teacher Beth Leidol, department chair Lisa Bucciarelli, World Language District Coordinator Connie Chester and Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction Chris Covino at the high school.

ELMHURST — Matthew Niewiara, a junior at York Community High School, won the 2013 Junior Travel Award for his achievement on the National Spanish Examination and for his skills in the Spanish language, according to a news release from York.

The national award is valued at more than $3,000. It is given each year to 12 students from across the U.S. who become eligible by earning a high score 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.

In July, Matthew will be traveling to Costa Rica with the other 11 winners.

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