Students score well on language exams

July 29, 2013 

Gaston Day School students earned two gold, two silver and nine bronze medals along with 20 honorable mentions on the National Spanish Examinations.

Among those with honors were ninth graders Shanaya Andres and Robert Geraghty of Lake Wylie.

Students from Gaston Day School were taught by Spanish teachers Heather Gertis and Jennifer Shea. The exams are administered each year in grades six-12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

French students also scored well on the National French Exam-Le Grand Concours developed annually by the American Association of Teachers of French as a motivational, extracurricular activity/contest for students of French.

Among the students are Sophie Heldt of Lake Wylie, ninth grade level 2, and Charles Manolakis, 11th grade level 4, also of Lake Wylie.

Clover student among international program

Six students from the S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Class of 2014 are participating in the Research Experience Scholars Program, the school’s international research exchange opportunity.

Groups of three students have traveled to either Heidelberg, Germany, to conduct biology research at the German Cancer Research Center or to Seoul, South Korea, to conduct physics research at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

GSSM students traveling to Germany through RESP are Gabriel S. Carrillo, son of Robert and Gladys Davis of Clover; Rusty Hawes, son of Russ and Meg Hawes of Simpsonville; and Isabella Zeiler, daughter of Aleta and John Zeiler of Columbia.

GSSM students participating in RESP in Korea are Mary DuBard, daughter of Trip DuBard of Florence; Patrick Gorospe, son of Charles and Michelle Gorospe of Rock Hill; and Max Kirkpatrick, son of Rick and Penny Kirkpatrick of Greenville.

For more information about senior research at GSSM, visit

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